Frank Lloyd Wright
Wright-Like Usonian House in Great Falls – $1.050 Million
Theodore Van Fossen, a disciple Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic Usonian architecture who studied at the New Bauhaus school in Chicago in the late 1930s, is best known for designing Rush Creek Village in Worthington, Ohio, 12 miles north of Columbus. The National Register of Historic Places-listed neighborhood comprises 50 Wright-inspired Read More >
September 22, 2017
Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th
Today marks the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright. The work of the most iconic American architect is still much discussed today and continues to impact the realm of modern, organic architecture. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Museum of Modern Art is holding Frank Lloyd Wright Read More >
June 8, 2017
Wright’s Cooke House in VA Beach Back on Market
Wright’s Cooke House features a 70-foot curved great room. Photo courtesy of the owners.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s mid-century modern Cooke House, a hemicycle structure built overlooking Crystal Lake, was recently relisted for $2.75 million. It was listed several years ago for $4.4 million and then dropped to $3.75 million. Read More >
February 1, 2015
Event: Smithsonian to Explore Legacy of Wright
An all-day Smithsonian seminar will explore the life and legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright. The event will be held Saturday, January 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center. $90 for members; $130 for non-members. Bill Keene, a Smithsonian study tour lecturer in architecture and urban studies, Read More >
January 15, 2015
Japanese/Wright-Style House in Alexandria – $835K
Journalist Loren Pope wanted a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. So he wrote the master a letter, which began: “Dear Mr. Wright, There are certain things a man wants during life, and of life. Material things and things of the spirit. The writer has one fervent wish that includes Read More >
March 12, 2014
Modern Snapshot: Usonia, New York
The Washington area currently has six mid-century modern neighborhoods listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Carderock Springs, Hammond Wood, Holmes Run Acres, Rock Creek Woods, Tauxemont [I originally forgot this one. See comment below. Thanks Kim.] and the five Charles Goodman-designed homes in Takoma Park. Hollin Hills is Read More >
September 25, 2013
Chance to Tour Wright’s Three Homes in DC
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has created a special opportunity to tour all three of the Wright-designed homes in the Washington area. On June 29, the group will start with the Robert Llewellyn Wright House (1953) in Bethesda. Thomas Wright, grandson Read More >
June 18, 2013
Lecture: Restoring Wright’s Interiors and Furnishings; March 7
The third and final part of the lecture series “Still Outside the Box,” which has highlighted the work of Frank Lloyd Wright will focus on restoring the interior and furnishings of Wright’s work. The event will be held March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the The Lyceum in Alexandria. The series is sponsored by Read More >
February 27, 2013
Wright Weekend at the National Building Museum
If you are looking for architecture-related activities to do before traveling for Thanksgiving, take a look at the schedule for the National Building Museum’s Wright Weekend: A Celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright. To celebrate the release of Taliesin Diary: A Year with Frank Lloyd Wright, the first-ever publication of a diary by one of Read More >
November 14, 2012
Event: When a Wright House is No Longer a Home
The Darwin Martin House in Buffalo. Photo Courtesy of Biff Henrich, IMG_INK.
What happens to a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house when it is no longer a home? A panel of experts will explore this question at an event Thursday, Sept. 20 at The Lyceum in Alexandria. Case studies of two houses will be explored Read More >
September 9, 2012
Frank Lloyd Wright Influence in Alexandria?
Many agents will describe a mid-century modern home as being in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. Sometimes the comparison is appropriate but many times it does not fit. I think the agent could have used it to describe this custom 1950 house with pool in Alexandria. Look at the prominent stone wall Read More >
August 21, 2012
Living in a Frank Lloyd Wright
The 1934 Willey House in Minneapolis was restored by owner Steve Sikora. Photo by Steve Sikora.
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? On March 1, you will have an opportunity to hear from two people who are lucky Read More >
February 2, 2012
Benefit to Help Preserve Pope Leighey House
The Pope-Leighey House is owned by the The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Mark your calendars for a June 10 evening to benefit the preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, which was completed 71 years ago (1940) in Falls Church. The Usonian house was moved to Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria Read More >
May 26, 2011
Price Drop: Wright’s Cooke House for Sale; $3.75 Million
Wright’s Cooke House features a 70-foot curved great room. Photo courtesy of the owners.
Forget about the snow and think of the beach. Virginia Beach that is. Frank Lloyd Wright’s mid-century modern Cook House, a hemicycle structure built overlooking Crystal Lake, is now for sale for $3.75 million. I posted an Read More >
December 16, 2010
Mid-Century Modern Parking
The slat-enclosed raised parking area in the Bender Building.
The boom in post-World War II car production in the United States created a unique design challenge. Where are all those cars going to go when people were not driving them? The National Building Museum is currently hosting the first major exhibition Read More >
March 9, 2010
Fall Travel and Events: Wright’s Auldbrass, Julius Shulman’s Legacy
As you are planning your fall calendar, here a few modern-related events in D.C. and beyond to mark down.
Head down to South Carolina Nov. 7-8 to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Auldbrass Read More >
October 7, 2009
Price Drop: 1982 Organic Modern in the Palisades – $1.347 Million
This 1982 organic modern home in the Palisades by California architect Aaron Green, a protege and associate of Frank Lloyd Wright, has dropped from $1.395 million. See my earlier post about the 3/3.5 cedar-clad home here.
October 3, 2009
Event: Pope-Leighy House Lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright
On Sept. 17, the Frank Lloyd Wright Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria will host an evening lecture about the architect by Thomas Schmidt, director emeritus of another Wright home you may have heard of–Fallingwater. The event will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature an interactive discussion, wine bar Read More >
August 5, 2009
1954 Custom Mid-Century with McInturff Addition in Bethesda – $1.35 Million
This 1954 custom mid-century was designed by an apprentice and or student of Frank Lloyd Wright, according to the sellers. Local architect Mark McInturff did the modern addition and renovations in 2005.
July 6, 2009
Event: Wright Conservancy Guggenheim and NY House Tour; June 20
Max Hoffman House (1955). Photo by Steve Maxwell.
Calling all Frank Lloyd Wright fans. Join the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy‘s for Out and About Wright: New York on June 20. Start the day with a lecture at the newly restored Guggenheim Museum and Read More >
June 6, 2009
1975 Custom Modern in Clarksville – $1.295 Million
Designed and built by the current owners, this 1975 custom modern home located on five acres in Clarksville was inspired by the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van de Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House. The 4,500 square foot flat-roof home features Read More >
June 2, 2009
Post’s Kennicott Analyzes Trust’s Most Endangered List, Third Church Debate
The Post‘s architecture critic Philip Kennicott takes a look at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s List of Most Endangered Historic Places, saying the list does not always pick “easy” choices and comments on the Third Church of Christ debate. (According to this AP story, “Rebecca Miller, executive director of Read More >
May 17, 2009
1963 Frank Lloyd Wright-Style By Randall Vosbeck – $1.3 Million
If your are looking for a home by Frank Lloyd Wright, he only designed three in the Washington area (see Washington Post story from today). However, this 4,600 square-foot Alexandria home on more than acre by noted local architect R. Randall Vosbeck could fit the bill if you are Read More >
April 30, 2009
1982 Organic Modern by Frank Lloyd Wright Protege Aaron Green – $1.395 Million
California Architect Aaron Green, who died in 2001, was a protege and associate of Frank Lloyd Wright and it definitely shows in the Moss-Rosenbaum residence located here in the Palisades. Green, who ran Wright’s West coast office for many years, developed his Read More >
April 18, 2009
Redland Knolls in Bethesda
This 1942 Frank Lloyd Wright-style home I blogged about here was featured in a Washington Post story yesterday about Redland Knolls, a Bethesda neighborhood off of River Road. The house sold for $1.275 early last year and is said to have been designed by one of Wright’s students, Read More >
March 16, 2009
Open House: 2000 Fallingwater-Style Modern in Fairfax – $1.85 Million
The five cantilevered balconies on this concrete, steel and glass house do evoke Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. This 6,000 square-foot 4/4 (plus two half baths) is located here on eight acres. The two-story foyer with koi pond looks like a great gallery space as you can see from Read More >
February 28, 2009
Post Highlights Goodman’s Rock Creek Woods
The Washington Post highlights Charles Goodman’s Rock Creek Woods in its “Where We Live” column, with writer Andrea Rouda saying that “outstanding architecture doesn’t have to be wildly expensive. … Every resident lives in a work of art, but the average selling price is about $600,000.”
Goodman, whose architecture Read More >
December 6, 2008
Event: Tour of Wright’s Cooke House in Virginia Beach; Listed at $4.4 Million
The beach and modern architecture. What could be better? On Saturday, Nov. 15, the 1953 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Andrew B. and Maude Cooke House in Virginia Beach will be open for a rare tour. Homeowners Jane and Daniel Duhl will are hosting the tour and reception in their Read More >
November 4, 2008
Price Drop: 1956 Chevy Chase Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Home Drops $150K
The price on this FLW-inspired home has dropped $150K to $1.35 million. This 4/3.5 home with pool sits on nearly a half acre in Chevy Chase, just across the D.C. line. See the virtual tour for extensive images.
May 24, 2008
1956 Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Chevy Chase Contemporary – $1.5 Million
The Frank Lloyd Wright comparison in this listing rings true. This 4/3.5 home with pool sits on nearly a half acre in Chevy Chase, just across the D.C. line. See the virtual tour for extensive images.
April 18, 2008
Wright Road Trip
The Post ran a piece the other day on three Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Pennsylvania a short drive from D.C., including Fallingwater. You can even stay overnight at the Duncan House or have your wedding at Kentuck Knob.
March 23, 2008
Encounter Row in Columbia
Yesterday’s Post real estate section highlighted Encounter Row, an enclave of contemporary homes from the early 1970s in Columbia, Md.
“Today, the single-level, 850- and 1,220-square-foot Pacesetter houses that line Encounter Row and the four courts that extend from it define the enclave and remain a distinctive alternative to the Read More >
December 30, 2007
1956 Usonian in Chevy Chase – $1.65 Million
October 7, 2007
1942 FLW-Style Contemporary in Bethesda – $1.399 Million
I think this is one of the few times that I have seen an agent in this area describe a house as a Frank Lloyd Wright–style house and actually be correct. It definitely looks to have that FLW feel. This 4/4.5 1942 home sits on a wooded 1/2 Read More >
September 9, 2007
Not Every MCM Home is a ‘Frank Lloyd Wright’
Is it just me or do you hate when real estate agents describe all mid-century modern homes as being in the “Frank Lloyd Wright-style?” Have they ever head of any other architects? Well, anyway here is a Washington Post piece from today that actually is about a FLW home. Read More >
February 8, 2007