This Nearly Forgotten Connecticut Retreat by a Taliesin Fellow Hits the Market for $625K
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This Nearly Forgotten Connecticut Retreat by a Taliesin Fellow Hits the Market for $625K

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By Kathryn M.
Allan J. Gelbin designed the 1965 Trinkaus House using principles he learned as an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright.

It was the end of his second year at the Carnegie Institute of Technology when A.J. Gelbin decided to drop out of university. Leaving a formal education behind, Gelbin hitched a ride to Wisconsin and joined Frank Lloyd Wright's fellowship program at Taliesin East, where he studied under the master architect for four years. Theory eventually turned to practice when he was asked to supervise the construction of several Wright-designed homes—experiences that later inspired Gelbin's own career designing homes throughout Connecticut and New England.

In 1965, several years after establishing his own practice, the architect Allan J. Gelbin completed a Wright-inspired residence for Theodore Trinkaus and his wife in Weston, Connecticut. Gelbin studied under Wright as a Taliesin Fellow from 1949 to 1953.

By 1957, Gelbin had established his own practice in Connecticut, where he completed dozens of projects throughout his career. One such property, the Trinkaus House, draws on many instantly recognizable Wrightian principles. The entire structure is built along a sloping hillside, with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors looking out onto a wrap around terrace. Other original features include a stone fireplace and flooring, as well as raised ceilings enclosed in clerestory windows.

The five-bedroom "Trinkaus House" is built into a sloping hillside , an attempt to follow Wright's philosophy of finding harmony between the site and structure. The sounds of a nearby waterfall and babbling brook add to the serene location.

The current owners saved the property from demolition and spent years restoring the home from a largely forgotten state, retaining as much of the original design as they could. Modern updates include an all-new kitchen and bathrooms, as well as new roof and other structural repairs. Other renovations are still left to be completed by the new owners. Keep scrolling to see more of this cozy Connecticut retreat, currently listed for $625,000.

The entryway immediately reveals the home's organic character, with stone floors and a wood paneling. French doors straight ahead provide access to one of many terraces.

At the heart of the home is an expansive great room, complete with walls of doors and built-in shelving. The space also features a stone fireplace, natural wood finishes, and clerestory windows.

A large terrace extends off of the living room, providing easy access to nature and panoramic views of the wooded landscape.

Another view of the living room, which flows into a formal dining and kitchen behind the stone fireplace. Gelbin often designed original furniture for his clients as well, although no original pieces come with this particular property.

A chef's kitchen replaces Gelbin's original design. The modern space offers plenty of storage and stainless steel countertops. 

Around the corner, a double oven is tucked into a nook behind the stone wall. 

The formal dining space is topped by a series of clerestory windows enclosing the raised ceiling. Additional french doors lead out onto the back deck.

The master bedroom is located downstairs just off a small family room. The large space features a wall of windows and direct access to an outdoor patio overlooking the pool.

A nook in the corner provides space for a home office or small seating area.

The master bathroom was recently updated with all new cabinetry and finishes.

A look at one of the home's four secondary bedrooms. Here, a corner window wraps around the room providing natural light and views of the landscape.

Sitting on over two acres of land, the 3,000-square-foot residence is surrounded by dense pockets of trees and natural greenery. An in-ground pool sits neatly tucked beside the home.

15 Skylark Lane in Weston, Connecticut, is currently listed for $625,000 by Susan Leone of the Higgins Group with Christie's International Real Estate.

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