Architect Gerald Luss Adapts The Corporate-Design Genre To His Own Rural New York Home

Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York
Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
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  • 4 BR
  • Sleeps 8
  • from $ 500 nt
The Enduring Appeal of Sleek & Simple Design

Having left an indelible impact on Manhattan with his design of the interiors of the Time-Life Building, architect, sculptor and furniture designer Gerald Luss took to the woods, turning his sights to a more bucolic setting to create this holiday home in New York. Luss’ influential company, Design for Business, was a leader in the mid-twentieth century of business interiors and furniture design, ushering in the “Mad Men” era of mid-century style.

Built for his family in 1952, the home was his first residential project, and still includes many original pieces designed by Mr. Luss, including the Time-Life twelve foot couch and coffee table.

Located in an area famous for some other mid-century luminaries, including Frank Lloyd Wright, the home readjusts the postwar corporate‐design genre into a chic and livable contemporary home.

Artfully stylized, the home’s sleek and simple design highlights the enduring appeal of mid-century design and contemporary ideals, which the owners have faithfully preserved.

Description

Composed of concrete block, wood, stone and glass, this holiday home in New York designed by architect Gerald Luss is a time capsule of his unique talent.  

Situated on over two acres of woodlands, the two story house is cantilevered out over the ground while coming into a landing at the entrance. 

A glass box houses the main living area, immersing you into the forest and is divided by a floor to ceiling stone hearth adjacent to the kitchen and dining area. A spiral stairway leads down to the four ground floor bedrooms and a media room with space for up to eight guests.

There is a sheltered dining and lounge terrace among the sloping green gardens and an additional sunny terrace with views of the forests.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Wifi throughout, cable TV, kitchen and bath amenities, laundry facilities, private parking.

AROUND

Just under an hour north of New York City, the village of Ossining figures twice in architect Luss’ legacy. Along with his bravura Time Life building (home to the fictional firm in the hit TV show “Mad Men”), the town is also home to its fictional lead character.

Set along the Hudson River, the village’s many historic structures, especially along it’s Main Street predate the Revolutionary War, with a charming mix of Victorian, and Colonial Revival. Having undergone a bit of a revitalization, there’s a vibrant new cultural influx with a small town feel. Check out the farmers’ market on Saturdays and Summer street fair. 

The Stillwater Lake is under a half mile or short walk for great swimming and water sports and the nearby Teatown Lake Reservation and nature preserve features over fifteen miles of trails. The Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway is a nature park that runs from Ossining north to Westchester County’s Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill.

The Frank LLoyd Wright designed Usonia Historic District, an almost one hundred acre national historic district, is located ten miles south in Mount Pleasant, and a must see for architecture buffs.

American industrial designer Russel Wright’s Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark and Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is located just thirty minutes north.  

LOCATION

Ossining, New York. Nearest Airport: Westchester County White Plains Airport, HPN (approx. 15 miles), All NYC Airports (approx. 50 miles) 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall

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  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Gerald Luss House, Ossining, New York | holiday homes, holiday rentals

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Bedrooms4 Bedrooms
Bed Type1 King 2 Queen, 2 Twin
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms3 Bathrooms
Accommodate8 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlyFamilies welcome
Pet friendlyNo
ViewBeautiful woodland views
Rates
Cleaning (One Time)$150
Tax9% for total rate
Sec. Deposit$500
Check-In4pm
Check-Out11am
CancellationGuest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given.
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Covid-19 Policy
Only in the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic, for example (country or region ) again orders the stoppage of vacation rentals sometime in the fall due to high number of of local cases. Or, (country) decides to restrict travel from the US...... , guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year.

If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is cancelled at least 14 days before the start. If the guest cancels 1 - 14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
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Standard RateJan 1Dec 31$5001 nights
Additional Charge on Weekends$$550 per night on FRI SAT SUN
Additional Guests$$50 per person / per night above 8
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7 Reviews

  • David, October 15, 2020

    amazing house!

    David

    Chicago, USA

  • Norey Navarro, October 15, 2020

    The Gerald Luss house and Maureen’s hospitality exceeded our expectations! The photos do not do the property justice, the house and surrounding private side / back yard areas are even more beautiful in person. Maureen was also easy to reach / quick to respond to questions. Will def recommend to friends / book again for another weekend getaway in the future. 

    Norey Navarro

    New York City, United States

  • Kelsey Fenton, October 11, 2020

    We had a wonderful stay at the Gerald Luss House – a perfect escape to nature and back in time! Staying in the house with original mid-century architecture, furnishings and art, was so unique and you feel totally immersed in the era. The outdoor space was also very lovely and would be beautiful any time of year. You can tell a lot of thought has been put into preserving the history of the house, while also providing everything you need for a fun and relaxing stay, including a well-stocked kitchen, plenty of linens, fire pit, Sonos speakers, Peloton bike and yoga mats. Maureen was a great host, very organized and quick to respond. We hope to be able to come back another time and definitely stay longer!

    Kelsey Fenton

    Connecticut, United States

  • Sarah Kooker, October 2, 2020

    I stayed in this house for two nights to celebrate my birthday and it is an experience I will never forget. Everything about the house and beautiful and seems so carefully curated. The setting was also beautiful and really added to the experience. The host was incredibly helpful. Two nights was not nearly long enough and I intend to make plans to return! This house is really special and it certainly made an impact on my group and I

    Sarah Kooker

    Erie, United States

  • Jessica Lee, October 1, 2020

    We enjoyed our lovely stay at the Gerald Luss House. It was inspiring to experience a home with the architectural significance that the Gerald Luss House has. If you want an escape from the city and want to be transported to New York in the 50s a la Mad Men – this is your house! Moe was also a wonderful host for us to be in contact with. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a helpful packet of local favorites. Already looking forward to our next stay. Thank you!

    Jessica Lee

    New York, United States

  • Susan, September 9, 2020

    Being at the Gerald Luss House was like being in a dream! Our group only stayed for 3 nights and we all wished we could have stayed much longer. We took full advantage of the spacious kitchen, the private outdoor spaces, and all of the amazing books. The house is also only 5 minutes away from some great hikes that we went on. We would definitely recommend this house to anyone looking for a serene escape.

    Susan

    NYC, USA

  • JF, August 16, 2020

    Our time (2 weeks) in this house was really magical.
    I’m a big fan of this architecture period and the way the owner kept the house in his original style is really unique.
    The nature around is splendid and even if I had to work during those 2 weeks, I was already on holidays.
    On top of the house, the lac (10 min walk) was a very happy surprise and my boys had an amazing time jumping over and over again from the diving board.
    I highly recommended it.

    JF

    Brooklyn, US

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