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Saved! Edgar Tafel-designed House in Scarsdale, NY

September 7, 2020

For once, the story of a house threatened by demolition has a happy ending. The property, designed by Edward Tafel (1912–2011) in 1950, was saved and is now restored. In May 2018, as part of ongoing advocacy by multiple preservation groups and individuals, DOCOMOMO US/New York Tri-State sent a letter to the city of Scarsdale, NY, encouraging it to deny an application for a demolition permit. Tafel was Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice at Taliesin for nearly a decade and Wright’s design influences can be seen around the landscape and in the house. The new Scarsdale-native owners, their architect and the restoration are all covered in this Scarsdale Inquirer article. 

“8 Overlook in all its glory: Scarsdale grads oversee Tafel house restoration,” The Scarsdale Inquirer, September 3, 2020.

Photo: Michael Biondo
Photo: Michael Biondo