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Massaro House on Lake Mahopac, NY

post updated February 17, 2024

Design: Lazor Office

Location: Lake Mahopac, New York State, USA

Massaro House Lake Mahopac NY

Photos by Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

August 5, 2021

Massaro House, Lake Mahopac, New York State, USA

Right Or Wrong – Two Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Homes!

Massaro House Lake Mahopac


Massaro House Lake Mahopac New York State

The most famous architect in American history, Frank Lloyd Wright designed over 1,000 structures, including Fallingwater, Johnson Wax Headquarters and the Guggenheim Museum. Roughly 50 miles north of New York City in the middle of Lake Mahopac on its own island, there is a stunning house cantilevered over the water that has had its share of controversy over whether or not it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Massaro House Lake Mahopac NY

Originally listed in 2012 at $20 million, it is back on the market priced at $9.95 million.

Massaro House Lake Mahopac NY USA

Known as the Massaro House, the original owner of the island, Ahmed Chahroudi, engaged Wright in 1950 to draw the plans of the main house and guest house. When they were completed, Chahroudi realized the cost to build was far over his $50,000 budget, so he had only the 1,200-square-foot guest house built.

Massaro House Lake Mahopac New York

Massaro House Lake Mahopac New York State, USA

The plans were passed on to the next owner, Joseph Massaro, who purchased the island in 1996 for $700,000. Massaro wanted to build the main house but didn’t care for some elements in the plans. The Frank Lloyd Wright foundation required $450,000 to rework the plans and supervise the construction in order to certify the house under the Wright name.

Massaro House Lake Mahopac NY

Massaro House Lake Mahopac NY

This was untenable to Massaro, so he hired Thomas A. Heinz, an architect-contractor and Wright historian to do the house instead. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation took Massaro to court obtaining a judgement that he was only allowed to describe the main house design as “Wright inspired,” though the guest house was an original Wright.

Massaro House Lake Mahopac

Massaro House Lake Mahopac

Built in 2007 on the 10.37-acre Petra Island, the 8,415-square-foot house has four bedrooms and two baths, between it and the guest houses there are six bedrooms and four baths. Also on the property is the original 1950 Wright-certified guest house, a second guest house, tea house, beach, dock and helipad.

Massaro House Lake Mahopac

Massaro House Lake Mahopac

Many Wright features are immediately recognized such as the large fireplace in the room jutting out over the water (there are six fireplaces in all), grouped skylights, built-in furniture, close to nature with the house built around and including boulders, and the use of wood throughout the home. Changes that Massaro made were adding air conditioning and radiant heat and the safety feature of chimney caps, which Wright detested.

Massaro House Lake Mahopac NY

Massaro also removed a stairwell that ran from the deck to the shore. Wright’s designs would not pass today’s building codes as initially drawn.

Massaro House Lake Mahopac

Massaro House Lake Mahopac

Used as a private getaway or for holding events, the island is only 50 miles from Manhattan and can be accessed by car, boat and helicopter. Lake Mahopac is a 587-acre lake to enjoy fishing, boating, jet skis and wave runners with skating and ice boating in the winter. A number of the island’s residents commute to Manhattan.

Massaro House Lake Mahopac

Massaro House Lake Mahopac

Margaret Harrington and Monica Webster of Douglas Elliman are the island’s listing agents.

Massaro House Lake Mahopac NY

Photo credit: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

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Petra Island Homes by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Lake Mahopac, New York, USA
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Location: Lake Mahopac, New York State, USA

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