George Schwartz Gyorgy Soros: The Hungarian Marxist's home is the George L. Nichols House on Girdle Ridge in Katonah New York, designed by architect Charles A. Platt in 1906. George Soros lives in a historic house in Katonah, New York designed by architect Charles A. Platt, an important historicist architect of the first decades of the 20th century noted for his resplendent country houses. An aerial view of the house in Katonah, New York shows a blocky Georgian mansion with side wings. The description of it that author Keith Morgan provides in his book Charles A. Platt, the artist as architect suggests that it is quite an unusual house. It seems that the house's original owner, George L. Nichols, was determined to ensure that his house could not be destroyed by fire. Nichols had Platt designed a house that substitutes poured concrete for those parts of the house that would typically be built of wood, lath and plaster including the interior walls, interior trim and casework. George Soros has not been bragging about his house and lifestyle by getting it published in any of home magazines like Architectural Digest, so there are no good current photos available.