Mushroom House


Mushroom House
Mushroom House
Pod house detail, Perinton, New York.JPG
Alternative names Pod House
General information
Type Residence
Architectural style Contemporary
Location Perinton, New York
Address 142 Park Road
Pittsford, New York 14534
Coordinates 43°2′52″N 77°28′28″W / 43.04778°N 77.47444°W / 43.04778; -77.47444Coordinates: 43°2′52″N 77°28′28″W / 43.04778°N 77.47444°W / 43.04778; -77.47444
Elevation 507 feet (155 m)
Construction started 1970
Completed 1972
Renovated 2001
Height 30 feet (9.1 m)
Technical details
Structural system concrete and steel rods
Floor count 2
Design and construction
Client Robert and Marguerite Antell[1]
Owner Whitman family
Architect James H. Johnson

The Mushroom House or Pod House is a contemporary residence in the town of Perinton, New York which has been featured in television programs (notably HGTV's Offbeat America series)[2] and books (notably the Weird U.S. series)[3] due to its whimsical appearance. Patterned after umbels of Queen's Anne's Lace, its brown color is more suggestive of mushrooms.[4] The house was constructed for attorney-artist couple Robert and Marguerite Antell between 1970 and 1972 and was designated a town landmark in 1989.[5]

The structure is sited in a moderately-wooded ravine adjacent to Powder Mills Park. The house itself comprises four 80 ton pods which rest on reinforced concrete stems of 14 to 20 feet in height. These fan out from three feet in diameter where they connect to the pods to five feet at the base.[6] The sides of each pod's "cap" are completely windowed. One pod serves as the living and dining area, one as the kitchen, and two as sleeping areas. An additional "half pod" provides an open deck area.[7]

Pod house, Perinton, New York.JPG

See also

  • Earl Young (architect)

References

  1. ^ Gethard, Chris; Moran, Mark; Sceurman, Mark (2005), Weird New York: Your Travel Guide to New York's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets, Sterling Publishing, p. 132, ISBN 9781402733833, OCLC 62400085, http://books.google.com/books?id=S_kys9WOsbsC&pg=PA132, retrieved 2010-10-04 
  2. ^ (Television program) Pod House and More, Offbeat America (HOBA-204H ed.), HGTV, http://www.hgtv.com/offbeat-america/pod-house-and-more/index.html, retrieved 2010-10-04 
  3. ^ "The Mushroom House of Powder Mill Park". Weird U.S.. Bloomfield, New Jersey: Weird US. http://www.weirdus.com/states/new_york/personalized_properties/mushroom_house/index.php. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  4. ^ (Television program) The Mushroom House That Isn’t, Great Homes of Rochester, Rochester, New York: WXXI-TV, http://www.wxxi.org/houses/houses_1/morehouses1.htm, retrieved 2010-10-04 
  5. ^ Keplinger, J (2008-02-19). "142 Park Road". PERINTON DESIGNATED LANDMARKS AND DISTRICTS. Perinton, New York: Perinton Town Historian. http://www.perinton.org/Data/Documents/Historian/Landmarks/142%20Park%20Road.pdf. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  6. ^ Malo, Paul (1974), Landmarks of Rochester and Monroe County: A Guide to Neighborhoods and Villages, Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, p. 188, ISBN 9780815601036, OCLC 800694 
  7. ^ Perman, Cindy (2008), New York Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff, Guilford, Connecticut: Globe Pequot Press, p. 38, ISBN 9780762743391, OCLC 176926450 

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