Frank Lloyd Wright: Real Estate Timeline, The Usonian Years

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Published By : Beth Kramer on Friday, Mar 25th, 2011, 3:00 pm

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Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses are on the real estate market across the U.S.  America’s most famous architect, Wright was an architectural pioneer, blazing trails for the future of American design.

Between 1922 – 1934, Wright designed four “textile block” homes in the Los Angeles area.  The Millard House (La Miniatura) in Pasadena (1924, above) was the first residence in which Wright utilized his textile building block system. Currently listed at $4.995 M, the 2-story structure was built of thin concrete blocks linked by steel reinforcing rods positioned horizonally and vertically. Wright commented of his work, “I would rather have built this little house than St. Peter’s in Rome.”

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The Ennis House (1924) in Los Angeles is the largest of Wright’s four textile block designs. This Mayan inspired estate is set on a hill, featuring sweeping views from downtown L.A. to the ocean. Currently listed at $7.495 M, the home exemplifies Wright’s iconic style, from the extensive use of art glass, mitered windows, and one of only four of his remaining glass mosaic fireplaces.

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Wright utilized wood beamed ceilings and concrete blocks which he intended as a “new phase for our modern architecture,” “permanent, noble, beautiful.”

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The glass mosaic fireplace is one of only four remaining, worldwide.

During the Depression, Wright developed what he coined as Usonian homes, an acronym for United States of North America.”  The architect aimed to create a style that would be affordable to “common people.” These homes were smaller than his earlier works, constructed from brick and wood on concrete slabs. Featuring the low roofs and open living spaces of his earlier Prairie style homes, the Usonian homes were built through the 1950s.

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The Tracy Residence (1955) is currently listed for $1.159 M. When Bill and Elizabeth Tracy relocated to Washington State, they commissioned Wright to design a home using his Usonian Automatic concrete block system which consisted of inexpensive modular concrete blocks that  could be assembled in different ways.

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The Don E. and Virginia Lovness Estate: In 1955, Don and Virginia Lovness commissioned Wright to design an 1,800 square foot cottage on 20 lakefront acres near St. Paul, Minnesota. The main house, known as The Studio, and a smaller Cottage were built from Wisconsin stone. The Studio features a master suite, children’s wing, and living area while The Cottage, built to Wright’s specifications in 1972, features a bedroom, loft style sitting room, and a living room. A deck offers views of the lake.

The famed architect’s last major work was New York’s Samuel R. Guggenheim Museum, a project which took him 15 years, 700 sketches, and six sets of working drawings to complete. The Museum was finally opened in 1959, six months after Wright’s death.

Via Design Crave | Ennis House photo (CC) HarshLight via Flickr


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