The Stone’s Throw, a midcentury modern masterpiece in Charlottesville, VA, that’s listed for $1.5 million, is quite a catch.
Designed by architect Edward Durell Stone in 1952, the three-bedroom home is on the market for only the second time ever. It was first listed in 2015 for $825,000, selling in 2016 for $772,000, according to property records.
The homeowners, Curry and Andre Uflacker, embarked on a major but sensitive renovation with architect Joe Wheeler of HausCraft. They wanted to keep the original design, while refreshing it for the 21st century.
The home features walls of windows and an interior courtyard with a signature perforated block wall. The light-filled open space is “as bold and fresh today as when it was built,” the listing states.
“When we did this project, we thought we would be here forever,” says Curry. The couple have since moved out of state for work.
“We really put every attention to detail,” she adds. “The floor plan is awesome. There’s no dead space in this house. There’s no room that isn’t used.”
The remodel was inspired by the original architecture, including a bathroom back wall with a design that pays homage to Stone’s New York City home.
Other original details that remain include the built-in stereo in the living room, fireplaces, and integrated storage and shelving. One bedroom features the original custom-designed bed and dresser.
Original cork floors were replaced by new cork flooring in a light-gray hue, and all the bathrooms were updated. The Uflackers removed the roof over the interior courtyard, creating a central indoor-outdoor space. The bedrooms open out to the courtyard.
The original galley kitchen is now spacious and sleek, equipped with granite counters and a center island that hangs over the dining table.
“Once we were able to strip away the old carpet and take off the [courtyard] roof, and take down the curtains throughout the whole house, we really just stripped it down and really didn’t add much to it,” says Curry.
The owners “touched everything that needed to be updated, and left everything that was true to the original design,” says listing agent Bob Headrick of Nest Realty.
Stone, who died in 1978, is best known for his iconic designs of Radio City Music Hall, the original building for the Museum of Modern Art, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.
Stone was inspired “to seek new forms that expressed a warmer architecture with American, not European, roots.” A trip to San Francisco inspired his interest in using natural materials, according to his website. He designed notable homes across the country, including a Case Study home in Malibu, CA.
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