Overnight with Frank LLoyd Wright

March 1, 2008 at 4:17 pm 1 comment


(Scott) Having a FLW house certainly lends cred to your good city status. And having it accessible publicly lends even more.

The NYTimes today published an article on the phenomenon of FLW houses being turned into, essentially, bread and breakfasts. A quote from the article:

A Frank Lloyd Wright house is like a Japanese garden. No matter where inside it you stand, or which way you turn, the view before your eyes has been planned — and planned to be harmonious and beautiful. To absorb it and try to understand how it was done, you need to move and pause and double back and look around again, stand and sit and maybe lie on the couch. But the usual way to see a Wright house is on a 45-minute or hour-and-a-half guided tour. As a result, Wright admirers have learned to live with frustration.

Staying over, with time and privacy, we chipped away at ours. Over two days and nights, we dined in the glow of concealed overhead lights, read in a cozy nook under triangular windows, lay in bed in the morning watching gray treetops sway. We padded over concrete floors heated by hot water pipes below. Looking at details and structure, we tried to tease out the mechanics behind the overall effect of effortless serenity.

It might be a little pricey, but if you have the chance, take advantage of a local opportunity to increase your knowledge and appreciation for great residential architecture.


Entry filed under: Architecture, Scott Greider.

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1 Comment

  • 1. Viv  |  March 1, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Now that I know this its going on to my list of things to do!

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