The Tower House, The Trippiest Property In Woodstock, Can Be Yours For $1.2 Million

This house is as unique as its façade. It was built 15 years ago with repurpose and locally available construction materials.

By Nagidmy Marquez June 5, 2017
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Do you want to be hip? Forget about the Hamptons or any other trendy location, because this house in Woodstock will make you one of the coolest house owners in upstate New York. We present to you the trippy house (all in one tower-cabin-pad). For just 1.2M this psychedelic property can be yours.

Woodstock will always be associated with the 1969 music festival and this house is one of those reminders you encounter when visiting the town. One could say that this is the perfect place for this holistic three-bedroom pad. It is a total work of art with an impressive and creative design. Plus, the history behind the Tower House is as unique as its façade. If you like contemporary and repurposed art, the 3,518 square-foot building is a good option. The house sits on a wooded 5.5-acre, made up of five levels, connected by a wide spiral staircase.

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John Kahn is the home’s designer. He is a well-respected artist, woodworker and set builder best known for his set designs for “Fraggle Rock” touring company (The Muppets) and the Big Apple Circus. He was also good friends with Jim Henson—the creator of the Muppets. Kahn, a Long Island native, is known for “designs that utilize complex engineering principles and a variety of materials that ‘play together’ like including stone, wood, glass, metal and fabric.” The Tower House estate includes a guest house, a sauna imported from Sweden, a large studio building and three storage buildings.

The house was built 15 years ago with repurpose and locally available construction materials such as slate, copper, aircraft-grade aluminum and redwood as well as local wood and bluestone. They were used to craft the notorious cylindrical work of art that gives the Tower a very distinctive personality. In regards to how Kahn’s idea for the circular house became a reality, he mentions: “The landscape itself spoke to me and said, it’s got to be a round structure, whatever it is. So the idea was really gifted me by the lay of the land. Originally it was going to be a little cabin in the woods, but as I went along I realized it’d be cool to keep building up.”

It was in 2007 when Kahn decided to sell the house to a holistic orthodontist–and former secretary to the Grateful Dead– named Rhoney Gissen Stanley, according to StreetEasy. She was once married to Owsley Stanley, a key figure in the San Francisco Bay Area hippie movement during the 1960s and a well-known ‘60s LSD super-producer and visionary sound engineer. Kahn sold the Tower along with the art on its walls and grounds. Why did he put it in the market? Well, he fell in love with Easter Island’s people and culture.

This masterpiece of the psychedelic movement is ready to welcome a new owner. Curious? Yes, we are.

Photos via Keller Williams Realty
Nagidmy Marquez

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Nagidmy Marquez

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Nagidmy Marquez

Nagidmy is a global communications strategist with more than 15 years of experience in the creation, curation and implementation of strategic content and integrated communications practices. She has worked across different regions and cultures of the world including: United States, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. She is a Mafalda and Don Quixote lover.

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