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Zeigler House – Frankfort KY (1909)

Frank Lloyd Wright Architect

509 Shelby Street, Frankfort KY

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This is the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in Kentucky built in his lifetime. Located in a residential neighborhood close to the Kentucky State Capital building, this Prairie style house is beautifully maintained. The front is visible from the street, and the contrast to the contemporary victorian counterparts on the block is striking.

Occupied as a private residence.

This is the 150th Frank Lloyd Wright building I have visited.

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Turkel House and Garden (1955)

Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect

2760 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit MI 48221

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The current owners have rescued the Dorothy Turkel House from near disintegration and oblivion.

I toured the house when it was for sale several years ago and I wanted to cry. It had been abandoned with the heat turned off in the middle of a Michigan winter. The toilets literally were cracked in half due to the water inside freezing. The water covered the floor and froze…creating mini ice rinks in the bathrooms. There were large cracks in the exterior walls, some of the wood paneling had water damage…I have to stop – as the memory of that day is too painful. I know, a little melodramatic, but it truly was sad. It was hard to imagine that anyone could actually rescue this treasure. A miracle happened. The current owners have slowly, purposefully, creatively and passionately rescued and restored this house. In fact with their garden ( dare I say ) they have made it better than it has ever been.

Originally the narrow Cherokee red concrete terrace and steps lead down to a grass lawn. Now the lawn has been replaced with an extension of the Cherokee red terrace. Along one side is a narrow pool with three bubbling fountains. Surrounding this extended terrace are multiple garden compositions, each with a unique personality, yet all work together. Interspersed are glass sculptures, silver balls-on-a-stick (my favorite) and a sculpture court with large wire spheres.

Inside, the two-story Music Room has been beautifully restored. The wood paneling looks great, and the owner’s art collection accents the space perfectly. I am happy to report that the toilets have been replaced and the bathroom floors are no longer covered with ice ( even after the last winter we had here in Detroit).

This is one of the most amazing comeback stories I have experienced – in architecture anyway.

 

Bravo!


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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Visited October 27 2013