Frank Lloyd Wright built the house of my dreams–too bad he built it for someone else before I was even born!
I’ve never studied architecture, however, I’ve always been drawn to the period homes I’ve visited across America. Boston’s South end brownstones. Lake Charles’ Charpentier District. The beautiful historic community of Bardstown, Kentucky.
From mansions to plantation homes to shotgun houses, I love them all!
Wright homes don’t fall into any one of these categories–rather his designs have earned a place of their own in history. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects named Frank Lloyd Wright the greatest American architect of all-time.
I’ve seen a number of Wright homes that are now open to the public and are a museum unto themselves. With dozens of them across the country, we get many opportunities to see Wright’s signature ability of fitting the home to the landscape or Nature, with a capital N, as he called it.
That is, until he agreed to design a home for Kenneth Laurent, who had lost the use of his legs after having a tumor removed from his spine. Laurent lived in Rockford, Illinois, and following Wright’s advice, had his wheelchair accessible home built in 1951 on what was then the outskirts of the city. So while landscape did become a large part of the design–Laurent’s lifestyle was the main consideration.
All of the Laurent family’s furniture, also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is part the museum that was acquired by the Laurent House Foundation in 2012, and added to the National Register of Historic Places.
And, you’re likely asking, what exactly does this house have that makes it my dream home? Well, a lot of things, but mainly the fact that everything is built-in. And while my first home as a new bride was a trailer, where every bit of space also had a purpose, the Laurent house achieves this in a style that speaks of convenience rather than necessity. I love the natural wood throughout, and the walls of windows that make it easy to imagine you’re not inside at all.
But here’s a tour to give you an idea!
This video takes you through the Laurent House at a celebration in 2013:
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright Laurent House
The official opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright House museum is scheduled for June 6, 2014, in Rockford, Illinois, two days before what would have been Wright’s 147th birthday.
For more information on the museum see: http://www.laurenthouse.com/