People, Feb. 23, 1976

"I wanted to live heliotropically, with the bedrooms facing east and the cocktail and dining area facing west," complained Millionaire Stewart Mott, 38, describing his hopes to build the perfect Manhattan home. Begun three years ago atop the 54th floor of a new apartment building, the four-story penthouse was to include a solarium kitchen, a library, pool, four bedrooms, office space for up to seven secretaries, a multilevel grand salon and more than 1,500 sq. ft. of terrace for Mott's main passion: organic vegetable gardening. The fastest-growing item at Mott's midtown Xanadu, however,...