In 1950, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a home for an 11-acre island in the middle of Lake Mahopac, about an hour north of New York City. A triangular home with a cantilevered balcony that incorporated the lake shoreâ€™s natural rock formations, Wright reportedly said that this design would surpass that of Fallingwater, the famous Wright-designed house in Pennsylvania perched over a waterfall that draws thousands of admirers each year. Yet Fallingwater was built while the architect was alive--and this design was shelved.
Now, more than half a century later, the new owner of the island is building the remarkable home based on Wrightâ€™s drawings. While seeking to remain as faithful as possible to the original sketches, Wright never filled in some detailsâ€"-requiring assistance from a living architect to complete the project. In addition, the 20th century design must be configured to meet 21st century building codes. As one of hundreds of Wrightâ€™s designs that remain-â€"but were never built during the architectâ€™s lifetimeâ€"-some question the authenticity of posthumously built works.