Wright breathed life into organic architecture, an approach to building with an eye always fixed on the structure’s natural surroundings, grounded in simplicity and function above all else.
Dubbed by the American Institute of Architects as the “greatest American architect of all time,” Wright designed more than 1,100 buildings, 532 of which were eventually built. From his early designs in the low-slung prairie style to the efficient, affordable Usonian style inspired by the Great Depression, everything Wright created aimed to create spaces that he described as “eloquent and humane.”
Thanks to fans of his work, and the dedication of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, many of his designs have been preserved and are still in use today.
In fact, we spied seven incredible homes designed by Wright on the market right now. Let’s have a look…
Price: $12.95 million
David and Gladys Wright House: Built in 1951, this home was designed for Wright’s son David, and his wife, Gladys. It was a warmup of sorts—a spiral design that preceded Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The home needs fairly extensive repairs, including structural and electrical, but the guesthouse has been recently updated. Included with the sale of the home is a dining table, chairs, and a reproduction of the “March Balloons” carpet Wright designed for the home.
American System–Built Home: Wright partnered with the Arthur L. Richards factory to design prefabricated, ready-to-assemble structures to cut costs. Several of these homes still stand in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. This three-bedroom version, built in 1917, was recently verified as a genuine Wright design.
Price: $23 million
Ennis House: Perched atop a Los Feliz hill with views of the Los Angeles skyline and the Pacific Ocean, the Ennis house has been meticulously restored. Built in 1924, the three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom “textile block” home has been featured in many movies, TV shows, and commercials, including “Mulholland Drive,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” and “Blade Runner.”
The Coonley Playhouse: An early example of the Usonian style, this building was constructed in 1912 to serve as a small private school, but was later converted into a single-family home. It has been carefully restored, including the striking abstract balloon-and-confetti glass windows surrounding the main interior space.
Price: $3.4 million
Cedar Lake house: With only two previous owners, this Wright-designed home has been meticulously maintained. Built of stone and wood in 1951, the three-bedroom home overlooks Cedar Lake and is listed on the National Historic Register.
Price: $1.3 million
Avery Coonley house: This very first example of Wright’s prairie style was built in 1910 for entertaining on a grand scale. The 6,000-square-foot home is filled with signature Wright touches, including art glass windows. The home was designed in “zones,” meaning spaces were grouped based on their function across its two levels. Sitting on more than an acre of land, the home has been carefully maintained to preserve Wright’s design details.
Sol Friedman house: Located less than an hour from Manhattan, this three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home built in 1948 has been documented by architecture photographer Ezra Stoller and featured in publications such as the New York Times. The circular home is punctuated by a whimsical, mushroom-shaped carport situated just off the front of the home and surrounded by tall trees.
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