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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Armstrong House Lists for 1.2M

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A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home is now up for sale in Portage, Indiana, about 40 miles east of Chicago along Lake Michigan. Originally completed in 1939, the tri-level Andrew F. H. Armstrong House is located in the coveted lakefront community of Ogden Dunes. Inside and out, the structure offers many signature details—including board-and-batten walls, handsomely articulated brickwork, and, of course, built-ins galore.

Wright designed the home’s original floor plan based on a series of rotated grids, with each of the three levels rotated 30 degrees to take greater advantage of the sloping lot and provide differing views of the surrounding landscape. A carport marks the entryway on the ground level, followed by a double-height living area in the middle and the home’s bedrooms along the top level.


In the 1960s, after the home cycled through multiple families, new owners Pat and John Peterson hired architect John Howe to redesign portions of the interior and to expand the structure, according to the Historical Society of Ogden Dunes. Howe, who served as the chief draftsman at Taliesin until Wright’s death in 1959, had recently established his own practice and worked with the Petersons to add two additional bedrooms, as well as a new garage and family room. The kitchen was expanded and a screened-in porch was also added in the 1970s.

Today, the nearly 3,700-square-foot home offers four bedrooms and four full bathrooms—one of which comes with a sauna. In addition to the main living area, a separate family room provides additional space for entertaining, as do multiple outdoor terraces.

The home, which is sited on a quiet, .31-acre lot, is also within walking distance to beaches along Lake Michigan, as well as recreation areas within Indiana Dunes National Park. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $1,195,000.

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