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Boswell House (1957)

Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect

8805 Camargo Club Drive, Indian Hill, OH 45243

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With the leaves off the trees, you can look down into the entry court from the road and get a feeling of the overall layout. In the summer I believe it would be difficult to see anything from the road. The Cincinnati Enquirer posted a narrated slideshow of the house with additional views of the exterior, as well as the interior. This home was on the market for $3.4 million in 2008. The house is in great condition based on photos taken while it was on the market. The kitchen was very sympathetically renovated by Architect John C. Senhauser.

The carport appears to be an addition not by Wright. This is just a gut reaction, as it does not “feel” original to me. It is a separate pavillion with an independent roof,  not an extension of the main house’s hipped roof. The intermediate brick columns are too small and just their existance seems odd.  These vertical “sticks” visually breakup the strong, low horizontal line prominent in the rest of this design.  I would have expected no columns here, providing the gravity defying “floating” feeling of so many other Wright carport roofs (and it is fairly simple to span a two-car space without requiring an intermediate column). I could be wrong, but…..

Many aspects of this house are very similar to the Carl Schultz House in St. Joseph, MI (1957). These are very large, expensive and expansive structures for wealthy clients that Wright designed in his final years. Many of his earlier Usonian homes were of more modest scope (in both size and expense) and used only wood for the ceiling finishes. These later Wright homes are a curious combination of  his Usonian and earlier Prairie style homes. Here Wright has reintroduced plaster ceilings with light colored finishes similar to his great prairie style rooms. This change provides a lighter feel in these large rooms compared to the more cabin-like feeling of the smaller wood sheathed ceilings of the typical Usonian homes.

This is the 144th Frank Lloyd Wright Building I have visited (but who’s counting?).