Experiencing Great Architecture and Creative Built Environments

-IN I-69 Roadtrip

Hanselmann House (1967-71)

Michael Graves Architect

10220 Circlewood Drive, Fort Wayne IN

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Visited October 27 2013


Best known for his earthy umber and ocher buildings with exaggerated classical references and a little proportional fun, this stark white modern”ish” cube designed by Michael Graves will come as a surprise. This was Michael Graves first architectural commission. And just from the glimpse you can see from the street, it looks as great now as I assume it looked over 40 years ago – especially in the Indiana autumn with the leaves providing the color. I really want to walk up those stairs…

The house is on a heavily wooded corner lot. In the winter with the leaves off the trees the side facade would be visible from the street.

See interior photos of the house from a recent real-estate listing click here.

Michael Graves and Associates webpage on the house.

Davis House – Exterior (1950)

Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect

1119 Overlook Rd., Marion IN

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Visited October 27 2013

This Usonian “Tepee” is a large concrete block house with two long wings that angle out from the central tepee core. One of the bedroom wings was added a few years after the main house was built. It has cherokee red concrete floors with radiant heating scored in a parallelogram pattern.

The house is very visible from the street on a large wooded lot. It is only a 14 minute drive off of I-69 at exit 264.

I was very fortunate to have met the owner and was allowed inside to experience the interior. Click here to see my interior photos.

Dr. Richard Davis was a fellow in surgical training under Dr. Mayo and met Frank Lloyd Wright while Wright was at the Mayo clinic for inflamed gallbladder problems. You never know where you might meet future clients. Davis’ second wife, Madelyn Pugh was a writer for the I Love Lucy Show, and lived in the Wright house for a couple of years before they moved to California in 1966. There is a small Wrightian “Cottage” on the grounds which I was told where she did her writing.

(This is the 149th Frank Lloyd Wright building I have visited)

Davis House – Interior (1950)

Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect

1119 Overlook Road, Marion IN

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Fort Wayne Fine Arts Center (1973)

Louis I. Kahn Architect

Now the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main Street Fort Wayne IN

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Visited October 27 2013

Designed in 1961-64

Architect Louis I. Kahn designed a theater in Fort Wayne Indiana…who knew?

Famous for the Salk Institute in La Jolla, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, and the Parliament of Bangladesh in Dhaka, he actually built relatively few buildings so Fort Wayne is in excellent company. He was well known as the design critic at Yale School of Architecture and as Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He received the AIA’s Gold Medal.

The exterior of the building is a crisp, simple box constructed of dark brick.  The front facade has two very shallow arched keyhole windows linked with a concrete form acting as a heavy lintel over the entry doors.

The theater in Fort Wayne will require another trip, as it was closed on a late sunday afternoon. Kahn’s interiors are known for their “poetic sensibilities” and a walk through the lobby and auditorium I am sure will be inspirational.

The Art Institute of Chicago’s  Architecture in Context  –  Louis Kahn in the Midwest issue focusing on the Fort Wayne Theater.

Link to the Arts United Center website

The Pyramids (1972)

Kevin Roche, Roche-Dinkeloo, KRJDA Architects

College Life Insurance Company of America Headquarters

College Park, Indianapolis, IN

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Visited October 27 2013

KRJDA Website post on the Pyramids – look at the tab with the architectural models and drawings to see the master plan which included 9 pyramids.

KRJDA Website