House of the Day: A Psychedelic Mushroom in the Woods

Straight out of "Alice in Wonderland," the "Mushroom House" of Perinton, N.Y., is your well-heeled bohemian's dream home. Listed at $1.1 million, the home lifts its inhabitants halfway into the surrounding canopy of trees via five concrete, column-supported pods, which are actually modeled after stems of Queen Anne's Lace, not toadstools.

Designated a Town of Perinton Landmark in 1989, the psychedelic dwelling nestles in woodland adjacent to Powder Mill Park, and above a waterfall, stream and field of flowers. James H. Johnson designed the home in the early 1970s after a local artist asked him to fashion something "groovy," "open" and "full of nature," according to listing agent Rich Testa. (He describes himself as not your "typical agent," and the $1,000 that Testa's pledged to donate to Habitat for Humanity upon sale of the home seems to support his claim.)

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House of the Day: A Psychedelic Mushroom in the Woods

The home, which Testa calls "the most visited house in western New York" boasts a fountain-furnished family room, master bedroom suite, guest suite and patio -- all contained within the home's pods -- which have interiors as far-out as their exteriors. Their sculpted, sand-molded walls and ceilings slope in naturalistic forms, and painted, variegated ceramic tiles (more than 20,000) decorate the house inside and out.

A subsequent owner asked Johnson to design an addition to the home, so the well-known architect created a family room carved out of a knoll below the pods, and which connects to them through a riotously-tiled tunnel.

Testa of RE/MAX Advance has the listing.

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