House of the Week, Frank Lloyd Wright Usonia Tour, 18th Annual Westchester Fine Craft Show

Designed with Hospitality in Mind
$2.9 million
Annual property taxes: $77,060
52 Ardsley Ave, Irvington
Gracious living never looked so good as on this 13-room brick Georgian Colonial. "Every aspect of this property is really lovely," says listing agent William Ford-Sussman. "From the magnolia-shaded entrance to the amazing architectural details that fill each room, it has an easy elegance and timeless grace. The unique design makes it both welcoming and remarkably private." Surely, it was designed with hospitality in mind. From its inviting entrance to its walkout basement with a billiards room and recreation room, it’s guest-ready. All four bedrooms include en-suite baths—the master bedroom suite is rounded out with a dressing and sitting room, and its own private balcony. The gracious hospitality continues to its multiple patios, terraces, and a pool that make entertaining a breeze. Guests also have their own space ready and waiting in the charming, two-story, 1,700-square-foot caretaker cottage featuring its own multiple entrances and porches. Updated just as graciously, the one-and-a-half-acre property still retains the markings of its 1920 heritage—an embossed front stairway with mahogany banisters, unique hand-carved fireplaces, a contoured sunroom ceiling, and rear servants’ stairway. A generous number of windows, from the grand Palladian in the entrance hall to the wall-to-wall bay window in the library, keep the entire house unexpectedly bright—just one of many pleasant surprises found throughout. For more information, contact William Ford-Sussman, Coldwell Banker, at (914) 420-6161 or email   

AIA Westchester Hudson Valley Architectural Events
Annual Frank Lloyd Wright Usonia Tour
Architects and architecture enthusiasts alike will relish this opportunity to get an up-close and personal view of Usonia and the distinctive homes designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The guided tour, sponsored by the Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAWHV), runs from 9 am and 12:30 pm on Saturday, October 22, and includes insightful comments from tour leaders George Waterbury of the Mount Pleasant Historical Society and original resident and former Frank Lloyd Wright client, Roland Reisley. Experts on Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, Waterbury, author of Mount Pleasant and Reisley, who wrote Usonia, New York: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright, will share their personal insights and respond to questions throughout the tour, which steps off from the Mount Pleasant Historical Society at One Town Hall Plaza in Valhalla. The $100 admission includes a donation to the Mount Pleasant Historical Society. Space is limited, so register early at, call (914) 914-232-7240, or e-mail
Architectural Bike Tour
The AIAWHV-sponsored architectural exploration continues on bike on Sunday, October 23 (rain date October 30), for either a 25-mile or 40-mile bicycle tour on scenic, winding Westchester roads with short stops at local architectural landmarks. Participants choose their routes based on ability level: 25 miles with 900 feet elevation rise or 40 miles with 1,600 feet elevation rise. The tour launches from the Chappaqua Train Station, 108 Allen Pl, and runs from 9 am to 2 pm with a stop to purchase snacks halfway through. Registration at $35 per participant can be completed at 

18th Annual Westchester Fine Craft Show
If you’re looking for ways to accent and embellish your home or office and enjoy the thrill of the hunt, be sure to carve out time for the Westchester Fine Craft Show. Far more than wearable art and jewelry, the show, held from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, October 16, at the Westchester County Center, promises a range of extraordinary finds from handcrafted, one-of-a-kind and limited-edition furniture and decorative accessories to hand-woven accent carpets. Featured fine craft artists displaying their wares include the Daniel Gugnoni and Barbara Mojon Gugnoni design team behind Troy Brook Visions in Litchfield, Connecticut, known for their custom handcrafted fine wood furniture pieces, and New Caanan, Connecticut-based Thomas Throop, who will feature his finely crafted wood furniture, including his signature music stands and fireplace mantles. The cash-only admission is $12 ($11 for seniors; free for children under 12). For more information, call the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050, Crafts America at (203) 254-0486, or visit (includes a $1 discount coupon) or Facebook for a complete list of artists and preview of their work.

Learn Pruning Techniques from a Master Horticulturist
You may know that late fall is the best time to prune trees and shrubs, but not so sure about how to do it. Here’s your chance to learn from a pro. Mary Jo Bridge Palmer, owner and retail manager at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses—a full-service garden center in Greenwich, Connecticut—will share specific techniques that will ensure the healthiest, best looking results. The free session, sponsored by the Garden Club of Irvington-on-Hudson, starts at 11 am on Tuesday, October 18, in Barnabas Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 15 N Broadway. For more information, visit 


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White Plains resident and writer Karen Odom has a passion for interesting architecture, especially when architecture and history collide. Her extensive experience as a real estate feature writer has led her in an around Westchester's distinctive homes uncovering the fascinating stories behind the houses, their owners, architects, and designers with awe, admiration, and more than just a little amazing curiosity.

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