Not long after the dual towers of architect Bertrand Goldberg’s striking Marina City were opened in Chicago in the early 1960s, they were recognized for heralding a residential renaissance in U.S. cities. But Goldberg’s innovative approach was already on bold display further east, on New York’s Shelter Island, where he designed this midcentury marvel for CEO John Snyder in the early 1950s. For decades it was a local landmark, with architectural aficionados traveling to the island to admire its innovative design and its enviable, secluded 3.4-acre waterfront location, where views stretch to West Neck Harbor and Long Island Sound.
Shelter Island, New York | Nick Brown, Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage
Painstakingly renovated and reconstructed in the early 21st century, the 6,006-square-foot home still occupies its original footprint. While numerous midcentury elements have been lovingly retained in homage to Goldberg’s vision, systems and amenities have been updated to offer consummate contemporary comfort and convenience. The kitchen will please any cook with its professional-caliber appliances, generous cabinetry, and sizable island with counter seating. An anchor of the outsize living room is the dramatic original stone fireplace with eight flues, around which are multiple sitting areas. Warmly hued wood, rugged stacked stone, and handsome stone tile flooring provide an organic connection between the home and its surroundings, while walls of windows blur the lines between indoors and out and provide a theatrical outlook on the seaside setting. The serene primary suite—one of six bedrooms—features a deep, cushioned window seat that allows for immersive appreciation of the vista.
The home enjoys remarkable privacy and focuses on water in two directions—on its northeast side is a dazzling 74-foot saltwater pool enveloped by an expansive terrace perfect for alfresco lounging, dining, and entertaining. A covered stone walkway leads to the main entryway and wraps around the residence, leading to an open-air picnic area, a cool covered patio, and a sun-washed water-facing deck. Further afield is an inviting sitting area with a fire pit. Extending out past the sandy beach into the waters of the harbor is an impressive 235-foot dock, practically de rigueur for this iconic location. While area conveniences and attractions are mere moments away, leaving home may rarely seem appealing given its status as an enduring monument to 20th-century American style.