Weltzheimer House (1948)
Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect
534 Morgan Street, Oberlin OH 44074
From my Archives (visited 09/21/08)
The Weltzheimer House is the first Usonian house built in Ohio. It is an example of Wright’s L-shaped Usonian plan and is based on a 2’x4′ organizational grid. It has a radiant heating system within the red stained concrete floor slab. The masonry mass contains the “workspace” (kitchen) areas and fireplaces. The other walls are made of redwood board and batten construction and large floor to ceiling windows and french doors opening the rooms to the terrace and great lawn.
After undergoing unsympathetic renovations by a subsequent owner, an Art History Professor at Oberlin bought the house and restored it during her ownership. The house is now owned by the Oberlin College Allen Memorial Art Museum and is open to the public twice a month. The museum has posted additional photos on its Flicker site. The house has many pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright furniture, and provides visitors with an excellent example of what living in a Usonian house is like. You can walk around the house and really take in all of the details and experience the unique quality of the spaces.
While in Oberlin, visit the Allen Memorial Art Museum with an addition by Robert Venturi.