Fashion designer Marc Jacobs.
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Marc Jacobs Buys Frank Lloyd Wright–Designed House for $9.2 Million

The fashion designer and his new husband purchased the architecturally significant property in an off-market deal

Fashion designer Marc Jacobs, who tied the knot with former model and candlemaker Charly Defrancesco on April 6, has snagged a Frank Lloyd Wright–designed house in Rye, New York, for $9.2 million. He purchased the architecturally significant property from former owners Alice and Thomas Tisch in an off-market deal.

Named the Max Hoffman House after the automobile importer for whom it was designed in the 1950s, the 6,000-square-foot waterfront property is situated in a gated community on the northern end of Manursing Island. In 1972, the architecture firm Taliesin Associated Architects, which Wright founded to carry on his work after his death, added a new wing to the northern end of the home. Architect Emanuela Frattini Magnusson completed a thorough renovation of the house in 1995.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Max Hoffman House in 1955. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The grounds, which overlook the Long Island Sound, feature a pool and Japanese-style garden, the latter having been designed by Stephen Morrell, curator of the John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck, New York.

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Finding a property with ample outdoor space was a priority for Jacobs, who had previously never owned a home outside of the city. “I’m 55 years old, I’m getting married,” Jacobs told WWD in February. “This feels like really a new chapter. I’d like to live a life outside. I just sit home and watch TV in the five-floor townhouse, you know? It’s like, I’d like to be doing that with a beautiful view with dogs running around in the yard.”

Cover: Fashion designer Marc Jacobs.
Photo: Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images


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