A rare private home by famed architect on Greenwich’s Mead Point
GREENWICH — Romaldo Giurgola, the former chairman of the architecture program at Columbia University, and designer of the home at 25 Windrose Way, was once asked to judge a competition for architects to plan a new parliament building in Australia.
Giurgola, a native of Galatina, Italy, who died this past May, declined the offer, then entered and won the competition himself, according to his obituary in the New York Times.
The building was completed in 1988. Three years later came the lone monument of the famed architect in Greenwich, the house near the tip of Mead Point, the peninsula that isolates Indian Harbor from its much larger neighbor, Cos Cob Harbor.
“We tried to keep the look of the house the same,” said Nadya Podolsky, who has owned the home for the last 21/2 years. “Even the light fixtures were picked by the architect.”
One of the changes Podolsky has made was to make the house more energy efficient. Finding efficient bulbs to fit some of those uniquely shaped light fixtures was a challenge. But Podolsky said it was worth the effort.
She has valued the house for the wealth of features that make it good for displaying art, she said.
The front door opens straight into a 100-foot-long gallery, with large, blank white walls broken up only by tall, narrow windows.
“In the winter, you can see the ocean right there,” Podolsky said.
The gallery comfortably fits 40 to 50 pieces, she said, but the whole home has space for closer to 100 works, including larger ones.
“You can change your art on a monthly basis,” Podolsky said.
Leslie McElwreath, the listing agent for the house, said many homes these days face a conflict this ultramodern design avoids.
As open living spaces have become more popular with buyers, so has displaying large pieces of contemporary art. But more open space often means less wall space on which to hang artworks.
“This house looks like no other house in Greenwich,” McElwreath said.
“We had paintings everywhere, but it doesn’t look like too much because the house is so spacious,” Podolsky said.
Illumination from skylights and fixtures is directed onto the walls so art will always be displayed favorably.
“Every room is designed to let in the maximum amount of light,” McElwreath said.
Last year Podolsky, who is from Ukraine, threw a Russian-Ukranian charity event, in which local Russian-speaking artists brought in their work to display on the walls.
She plans on holding the event again this year, with the money raised benefitting Greenwich Hospital’s oncology unit.
The home is listed for $6,995,000 with McElwreath of Sotheby’s International Realty.