LEWISBORO, N.Y. – A Lewisboro architect designed the extravagant beach home used in the Oscar-nominated film “Wolf of Wall Street” for a wild party scene.
Myron Goldfinger said he watched the near three-hour movie twice, and feels his house should be nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, right along with Jonah Hill.
“It’s nice to know my house starred with Leonardo DeCaprio,” he told Daily Voice. “My house is there as a supporting actor. They should give the house a nomination.”
Goldfinger designed the 125-foot long home for an executive at Weight Watchers, and it was completed in 1981. The 40-year private practice architect said it has since been sold to several people and he doesn’t know the current owners. As a result, he found out the house was in the movie when he saw a commercial for it in late 2013.
“It’s like a rebirth. It’s one of my favorite buildings,” he said. “It was great to see it. Suddenly, after these years it comes to life again.”
Goldfinger, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, called the house his “most poetic work, a work of pure sculpture, the highest point in my thinking to date,” in a March 1982 interview for Architecture Digest.
"It is gratifying to see that this house, a breakthrough in my work, continues to be culturally significant," Goldfinger said.
This isn’t his first brush with celebrity, as the designer and partner of Covecastles, a resort in Anguilla in the Caribbean. Names like Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep and Leonard Bernstein have rented villas, which were built along 1,000 feet of the white sand beaches. He said he believes Hillary Clinton decided to run for president in 2007 while walking along that beach during a stay at his resort.
Goldfinger has designed more than 500 structures, ranging from cooperatives and brownstones in Greenwich Village and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, to private homes for wealthy businessmen, like Founder of BET, Bob Johnson.
In addition to numerous architectural awards, Goldfinger has published several books, including "Villages In The Sun," which is a study of Mediterranean community architecture.