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Wingspread

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Lakes Midwest, United States.

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This unique prairie house was another zoning experiment from Frank Lloyd Wright. The living room, dining room, kitchen, family sleeping rooms, guest rooms, were all separate entities grouped together, with corridors connecting each to the other. Sunlight enters all rooms and the ground plan shows a complete logical expression of a zoned house.

A ‘spacious wigwam of a living room’ stands at the centre of a cross, which is divided by a tall central brick chimney, housing five fireplaces, creating separated areas as entrance, family living, library, and dining room. The four wings extend out from this central hub, and Wright felt the property was ‘very much at home, quiet and integral with the prairie landscape which is, through it, made more significant and beautiful’.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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