Frank Lloyd Wright designed more than 1,000 structures in a career that spanned from 1890 until his death in 1959, including some stunning examples right here in the Lower Hudson Valley, with Pleasantville’s Usonia community a prime example. The Winslow House, shown above, was designed in 1893 when Wright was 26. It was Wright’s first complete break from the traditional houses of the time and it was said that the owner, William Winslow, would take a different train to work instead of his usual one so that he could avoid the comments from his neighbors about the house’s radical design. The house is now for sale.
Wright created some of the world’s most famous buildings including the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. In 1991, he was named “the greatest American architect of all time” by the American Institute of Architects.
If we think of Wright as just being a remarkable architect of his time, we’re missing out on understanding how strongly he influenced the modern homes we live in now. Today, when we talk about wanting an “open plan” in searching for a house, it was Wright who conceived and designed it first. Or today, when we get wistful over the thought of someday having radiant floor heat, Wright was already using it in 1937 in his Usonian construction. He was also the first to design a house bringing the outside inside.
Here’s one of the home’s in Pleasantville’s Usonia:
According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the 5,036-square-foot WInslow House includes a library, enclosed sun porch, four generously-sized bedrooms, a second-floor family room with fireplace, and 3.5 baths. In addition, there is a 550-square-foot bonus room with fireplace on the third floor (formerly maid’s quarters) which could easily be converted into a childrens’ play area or media room
Its unique features and craftsmanship represents Wright’s first attempt at the Prairie Style. All original elements of the house have been meticulously maintained except for the kitchen which has been replaced to meet today’s expectations.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Winslow House in River Forest near Chicago is now for sale for the first time in 55 years. Priced at $2.4 million. See more photos and read the entire story at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com