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For Sale: A Frank Lloyd Wright Home With a Waterfall

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Houlihan Lawrence

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater isn’t the only home designed by the architect to include a waterfall. In the years preceding Wright’s death in 1959, he designed Tirranna, a U-shaped residence in New Canaan, Connecticut. (The name “Tirranna” is an aboriginal Australian word meaning “running waters.”) The house sits next to a pond fed by the nearby Noroton River and overlooks a tiny cascade. Experts say it’s one of around 400 of Wright’s remaining works in America—and now, it can belong to a fan willing to shell out just over $7 million for a piece of architectural history.

Tirranna’s most recent owners were Ted Stanley, a philanthropist and entrepreneur, and his wife Vada, according to The Wall Street Journal. The two purchased the home around 20 years ago, but Vada Stanley passed away in 2013, and Ted Stanley last year. In January, the home was listed for $8 million. It’s still on the market, so its sellers have lowered the asking price to $7.2 million.

Tirranna has seven bedrooms and sits on 15 acres of forest. In addition to the pond and waterfall, the grounds include gardens designed by Frank Okamura, the landscape architect for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; a tennis court; a barn and a stable; a swimming pool; a greenhouse; a guest house; and a workshop.

The home itself has been renovated, but it still bears all the stylistic marks of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed abode: gold leaf-covered chimneys, skylights, built-in bookshelves, and floor-to-ceiling glass window that provide sweeping views of the surrounding forest. Originally, it contained Wright-designed furnishings, but many items of furniture were sold by prior owners, so the Stanleys commissioned reproductions after they purchased the property.

View some pictures of Tirranna below, or visit the online listing for more images (or to make an offer!).

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut

All photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence.

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Buckingham Palace Was Built With Jurassic Fossils, Scientists Find
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The UK's Buckingham Palace is a vestige from another era, and not just because it was built in the early 18th century. According to a new study, the limestone used to construct it is filled with the fossilized remains of microbes from the Jurassic period of 200 million years ago, as The Telegraph reports.

The palace is made of oolitic limestone, which consists of individual balls of carbonate sediment called ooids. The material is strong but lightweight, and is found worldwide. Jurassic oolite has been used to construct numerous famous buildings, from those in the British city of Bath to the Empire State Building and the Pentagon.

A new study from Australian National University published in Scientific Reports found that the spherical ooids in Buckingham Palace's walls are made up of layers and layers of mineralized microbes. Inspired by a mathematical model from the 1970s for predicting the growth of brain tumors, the researchers created a model that explains how ooids are created and predicts the factors that limit their ultimate size.

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They found that the mineralization of the microbes forms the central core of the ooid, and the layers of sediment that gather around that core feed those microbes until the nutrients can no longer reach the core from the outermost layer.

This contrasts with previous research on how ooids form, which hypothesized that they are the result of sediment gathered from rolling on the ocean floor. It also reshapes how we think about the buildings made out of oolitic limestone from this period. Next time you look up at the Empire State Building or Buckingham Palace, thank the ancient microbes.

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5 Scrapped Designs for the World's Most Famous Buildings
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When an architect gets commissioned to build a skyscraper or a memorial, they’re usually not the only applicant for the job. Other teams of designers submit their own ideas for how it should look, too, but these are eventually passed over in favor of the final design. This is the case for some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks—in an alternate world, the Arc de Triomphe might have been a three-story-tall elephant statue, and the Lincoln Memorial a step pyramid.

GoCompare, a comparison site for financial services, dug into these could-have-been designs for Alternate Architecture, an illustrated collection of scrapped designs for some of the most famous structures in the world, from Chicago's Tribune Tower to the Sydney Opera House.

Click through the interactive graphic below to explore rejected designs for all five landmarks.

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