Own a Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Town & Country | 865 Masonridge

Would you like to own a house and the furniture inside it designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

One in Town and Country is now for sale. The asking price? $1,950,000.

It’s a rare commodity. The Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy lists seven Wright-designed homes for sale right now. This house went on the market last week, a difficult decision by the three daughters of an original owner, Bette Pappas, who died in February at age 91.

She and her husband Ted Pappas had the house designed by Wright and built most of it themselves. It was designed in 1955 and completed in 1964. They were the only owners.

It’s for sale by owner, and they are fielding serious inquiries only. The four-bedroom Usonian Automatic home is 3,000 square feet on more than three acres of wooded, rolling land.

The house is one of only two Wright-designed buildings in the area. The other one is the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park in Kirkwood. It used to be a private home and is now run by a nonprofit group, on land maintained by St. Louis County.

The most expensive Wright house listed on the conservancy site is one in Phoenix for $3,250,000. The least expensive is one in Glencoe, Ill. for $837,500.

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Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park | Annual Lecture: The Restoration of Unity Temple

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Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Location: Farrell Auditorium, Saint Louis Art Museum

Unity Temple is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most important works. Soon after its completion he said, “Unity Temple makes an entirely new architecture…and is the first expression of it. That is my contribution to modern architecture.” It was truly revolutionary and changed the way architects thought about space forever. In June of 2017 a fully restored Unity Temple was reopened to the public. The design team, led by Harboe Architects, spent nearly a year conducting in-depth research into the best ways to authentically restore and fully modernize this national treasure. The $25M restoration took over two years to complete and included all aspects of the building.

Lead architect Gunny Harboe, FAIA, and founder of Harboe Architects, will present the transformative restoration that has returned this internationally significant work of architecture to its original appearance while giving it new life for its congregation and for the thousands of Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts who come to see it from all over the world.

The Last Home Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright | 6836 N. 36th Street

Composed of overlapping circles that are carved into the desert landscape, reflecting the curvatures of nearby mountains, the house deftly reflects Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture.

Wright said, “In organic architecture then, it is quite impossible to consider the building as one thing, its furnishings another, and its setting and environment still another. The spirit in which these buildings are conceived sees all these together at work as one thing.” The property is currently listed with The Agency for $3,250,000.  Continue reading “The Last Home Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright | 6836 N. 36th Street”

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Tirranna | 432 Frogtown Road

Located in New Canaan, Connecticut on a 15-acre piece of wooded land that looks over the Noroton River, 432 Frogtown Road was first built for Joyce and John Rayward and has only been in the hands of two other owners. Also known as the “Rayward-Shepherd House” or “Tirranna,” Wright designed this spectacular home during the last years of his life while he was completing the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Only four years after the house had been built, the Raywards commissioned Wright’s firm to return and complete a massive extension that would be based on his original designs. So, William Wesley Peters and Taliesin Associated Architects ended up expanding the house after Wright’s death in 1959, which included a new bedroom wing, greenhouse, central garden, covered walkway, and a caretaker’s quarters. Jim Gricar of Houlihan Lawrence explains that even though these additions expanded the residence enormously all of the same materials and finishes were maintained from the first round, making it a seamless update.  Continue reading “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Tirranna | 432 Frogtown Road”

A Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Masterpiece on the Market | Toyhill

Built in 1948 and named ‘Toyhill‘ by Wright himself, this home is considered an artistic masterpiece and shows Wright’s early interest in overlapping circular masonry, which would become an innovative and iconic treatment found in his later work—including the Guggenheim Museum.

Located an hour outside of Manhattan in Pleasantville, New York, the Sol Friedman house (also called Toyhill) is one of a handful of homes that Wright personally designed as part of his Usonian homes project, which was intended to offer beautifully designed, affordable homes to middle-income buyers.

The 2,164-square-foot midcentury home offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open layout that connects the living areas with a continuous, circular flow.

The round, light-filled design is intended to create a visual connection between the interior space and the serene exterior environment. The home also features a large center fireplace, oak built-ins, and Wright-designed furniture.

A winding staircase connects the main living areas with the bedrooms on the upper level.

The upstairs bedrooms feature clerestory windows, which were specially designed to allow optimal light and airflow into the higher stories while still maintaining privacy.

A unique feature of this Usonian home is the roof’s upturned and cantilevered overhang (pictured above), which allows for passive solar heating and natural cooling without obstructing surrounding views.

Adjacent to the house is a distinctive mushroom-like concrete-pedestal carport, which naturally echoes the circular construction of the main house.

The home is currently listed through Houlihan Lawrence for $1.5 million. 

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Penfield House Could be Yours

The three bedroom and one and one-half bath home has been put on the market for $1.3 million by the original family. Currently used as a vacation rental, the home can be purchased as a private residence or continue its use as a tourist rental.

Some major perks come with the purchase of the home, most notably: the future owners will not have to pay heating costs thanks to one of two natural gas wells located on the property. Also included in your purchase: all original Wright-designed furniture.

The Penfield House is a great example of how Wright always worked with his clients’ personal traits and the land in mind. Months after a visit to Wright at Taliesin in Wisconsin, Louis and Pauline Penfield received Wright’s plans for the home in the mail, in which the home was designed to accommodate Louis tall frame — featuring high ceilings, narrow stairs with wide steps, and 16 ribbon windows.

Built in 1955, the Usonian home is no exception to Wright’s belief of building of the land, not on it. The home is situated on heavily wooded acreage, facing — and offering stunning views of — the Chagrin River. The home is across the street from protected forest, creeks and hiking trails.

The Penfield House has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003, and is completely restored.

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Louise & Marie Hamilton House | Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice

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Address: 4001 Haven Avenue. Racine, WI
Price: $265,500
Website: Here
3 Beds, 3 Baths
Living Area:  2,456 Sq. Ft.
Pr/Sqft: $108.10

This 1949 residence was designed by Edgar Tafel in the Usonian style, as Tafel was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright from 1932 to 1941, for Louis Hamilton, one half the namesake of home appliance manufacturer Hamilton Beach. (Hamilton was hired by the company’s founder as the advertising manager.)

Since then, the low-profile house has been carefully brought back to its original design by the current owner. The three-bedroom features two and half baths, a dynamic floorplan measuring 2,456 square feet, and original cypress wood throughout making up the built-in furniture including shelving, cabinetry, dressers and closets.

 Anchoring the dwelling is great room with large glass expanses, high beamed ceilings, a brick hearth, and clerestory windows. This space flows into a dining area, which leads into a kitchen.

The private spaces are set in a wing that can be closed off from the main home, and the bedrooms there are spacious and incorporate lower ceilings to establish a sense of intimacy and quiet. The quaint bathrooms boast original tiling and even a built-in vanity in what was Mrs. Hamilton’s powder room.

Floors remain carpeted, as in the original design, and a basement, two-car garage, and enclosed back porch round out the space. The property also features fresh landscaping with heritage trees, preserving the time-capsule aspect of this special home, and comes with the option to apply for registration as a historic site. Located at 4001 Haven Avenue, it’s offered at $265,500.

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