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December 30, 2007 Frank Lloyd Wright, Usonian

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 large Colonial-style houses more common in the region. ‘For very little money, we had an architect-designed house,’ said Phil Engelke, an original Pacesetter owner.

Architect Barry Berkus, president of Berkus Design Studios in Santa Barbara, Calif., planned the homes as prototypes for modular construction. Berkus, who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., said in a recent interview that he designed the houses to accommodate a growing population and shrinking lot sizes. … Berkus said he was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian homes, which were meant to be affordable and mass-produced.”>

Here is a listing for one of the homes located on Encounter Row.