While Tom Wolfe and his fellow 2 Columbus Circle advocates continue their fight with the landmarks commission, one of architect Edward Durell Stone’s renowned buildings has been spared.
In 1938, Mr. Stone designed the Long Island home for A. Conger Goodyear, the Museum of Modern Art’s first president. Mr. Goodyear was already well aware of the architect’s work, considering that Mr. Stone, along with Philip Goodwin, designed the MoMA’s legendary 53rd Street building a year earlier.
Heralded as a modernist masterpiece, the Goodyear House has been monitored closely by the World Monuments Fund–the same organization that recently included 2 Columbus Circle in their list of the 100 most endangered sites. In Fall 2001, the iconic building was only a fews days away from demolition before preservationists stepped in the way.
Troy Halterman, a designer and retailer of contemporary furniture, intends to the restore the home without altering Mr. Stone’s original design. To be sure, the building was sold with a “preservation easement that will protect its architectural integrity in perpetuity,” according to a statement by the World Monuments Fund.