February 1, 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright

Wright’s Cooke House in VA Beach Back on Market

Cooke House

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. If you do not have the funds for this one, you can stay in the staff suite for $140 per night.

Designed by Wright in 1953 and completed after his death in 1960, the current owners Daniel and Jane Duhl bought the house in 1983 from the original owner Maude Cooke, who wrote to Wright in 1951 asking the master to build a house for her and her husband, Andrew. “Dear Mr. Wright, Will you please help us get the beautiful house we have dreamed of for so long?” Maude wrote. The house was in disrepair when the Duhls bought it. They undertook a major restoration, winning a preservation award from the AIA of Hampton Roads. The main feature of the 3 bedroom/2 bath house is the 70-foot curved great room with wall of glass and 40-foot custom Wright sofa. The owners have put together an excellent website with more photos,  a history of the house and some of Wright’s drawings. The Cooke House is one of just three Wright designed in Virginia, including the Pope-Leighey House and the Marden House.