Stephen Moser Architect

Stephen Moser Architect

New York


Tafel House

A mid-century modern house in Scarsdale, designed by a disciple and student of Frank Lloyd Wright and saved from the wrecking ball in 2018, was bought by a young NYC family that wanted to update the house for the 21st century. SMA approached the project with admiration for Edgar Tafel’s 1951 design—especially the sweeping horizontal lines of the wood, brick, and glass structure, and the surprisingly functional split-level layout. But the interior was dark, worn, and cramped, and lacked the closets and built-in cabinetry needed for a growing family. SMA’s restoration retains the patina of time while lightening exterior and interior colors and stains; it respects the integrity of the design while opening up and reconfiguring spaces. 

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Status: Built
Location: Scarsdale, NY, US
Firm Role: Architect (2019 renovation & restoration)
Additional Credits: Edgar Tafel, Architect (1951)