American modernist Richard Meier’s first private commission was a family affair – he designed a single-storey New Jersey home for his parents Jerome and Carolyn Meier in 1964.
According to Meier, he conceived the single-storey midcentury property as ‘A Miesian brick house under a Frank Lloyd Wright roof’. He built it on an 0.7-acre plot overlooking the Essex Fells Country Club, around 10 minutes drive outside of Newark, where Meier was born.
While the Meiers sold the three-bedroom home back in 1980 – four years before he was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture – it’s had only one owner since and is back on the market via Stephanie Mallios of Compass for $1.75m. An interior courtyard provides a private oasis while the roof has a mature garden, enclosed by a parapet that conceals it from prying eyes,
This sense of enclosure is echoed by cocooning, curved brick walls, which extend beyond the building’s envelope, though Meier has used large glass panes to capture views of the golf course and its surrounds on the back of the house.
Interiors have glossy floor files and exposed brick wall, and built-in cabinetry in each room, which looks in keeping with Meier’s original design, though the kitchen and bathroom look updated.
Richard Meier enjoyed a meteoric career that was marred in 2018 when five women accused him of sexual harassment, forcing him to ‘step back’ from his eponymous practice.