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14 HOOK MAGAZINE | 2023 other Wright homes. The long series of glass doors cascade open to vari- ous porches overlooking the water. Massaro, who is the perfect guide for the 90-minute tour, will show you original floor plans and paper draw- ings of the house he keeps on an easel in his office space. His attention to detail makes for a fun and interest- ing tour along many stories of how the house was built. He comments on every design element from the 26 skylights to the exterior copper pan- els and ceilings made with African mahogany. "These panels are eight- inch wide tongue and groove board," Massaro points out. "They have a special V-notch which was a special angle that only Frank Lloyd Wright used." The heart shaped island is graced with an old growth forest including a 1769-Beech Nut tree and half a dozen other trees dating from the 1800s. One can find them on the trail behind the house along with a small tea house overlooking the water. The seven-minute boat ride from the shores of Lake Mahopac slowly brings the house into view, lending to a growing wonder of the seemingly weightless cantilevered deck sus- pended over the lake. As one gets closer, the house appears to emerge from the massive glacial rock, buoy- antly adrift over the water. "I love showing this house," says Massaro. "Wright's house on Petra Is- land is a piece of art. Who gets to do something like this?" For information on tours visit: www.wrightoverwater.com Clockwise from top, left: Kitchen; Din- ing Room; Helipad on Roof; Outside patio overlooking the reflecting pond and lake; Guest house exterior.

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