Few people in Rochester know and appreciate the background of the Mayo Woodlands development. Back in the day, this was a nationally award-winning development plan for a new style of living. The Progressive Architecture award given to this broad landscape design was only the 3rd such award ever given to a landscape design in 30 years. I won't get into the details of the site development concept suffice it to say it was brilliant. If you are so inclined, you can read through the document here. The New York Times then wrote about how it was not so well received locally in this article published in 2004:
The New York Times: Rancor in the Grass
The timing was clearly off. Rochester was not (still isn't?) ready for such a project. The lot sales were slow, and ultimately the entire development was sold and the concept behind the original design was jettisoned. Various monstrosities were built that were far from 'Excel'lent. Despite that, there are several beautiful, modern homes that exist out there.
This past year, 9.SQUARE was fortunate enough to work with a new client who wanted to build a modern home and had even purchased a lot on the same cul-de-sac as the original Tim Alt and David Salmela home from 2004.