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Wright-Sized Houses: Frank Lloyd Wright's Solutions for Making Small Houses Feel Big

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America's most famous architect was obsessed with small houses. Even though this exciting aspect of his work has been long overlooked, the truth is that Frank Lloyd Wright spent most of his career addressing the problems of houses intended for individuals or small families of modest means. In the only book on the master architect to focus on ?the house of moderate cost,? Wright expert Diane Maddex takes the reader inside a selection of his small houses from across the country?many of them newly photographed by ...
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Overview

America's most famous architect was obsessed with small houses. Even though this exciting aspect of his work has been long overlooked, the truth is that Frank Lloyd Wright spent most of his career addressing the problems of houses intended for individuals or small families of modest means. In the only book on the master architect to focus on “the house of moderate cost,” Wright expert Diane Maddex takes the reader inside a selection of his small houses from across the country—many of them newly photographed by Alan Weintraub—turning the spotlight on Wright's ingenious solutions to make these homes look and feel large.Today, with the country seduced by the charms of the simple, easily maintained house or cozy cottage, Wright's inventions are more relevant than ever. From the Stockman House (1908) of Mason City, Iowa, a recently restored Prairie house based on Wright's “Fireproof House for $5,000,” to the Peterson Cottage (1958) of Lake Delton, Wisconsin, a lakeside retreat of just 880 square feet, these homes are filled with practical ideas and inspiration on how to build small and live smarter. As with many modern architectural ideas that we now take for granted, Wright was there first.

Author Bio: Diane Maddex, formerly the director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Preservation Press, is the president of Arche-type Press and the author of many award-winning books on the American home. Alan Weintraub is a San Francisco–based photo-grapher whose work appears in architecture and design publications throughout the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810946262
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 262,465
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Outside 21
The Site 23
The Horizontal Line 24
Cantilevers 27
Roofs 28
Chimneys 30
Entrances 31
Natural Materials 32
Walls 34
Windows 36
Standardized Components 39
Private Spaces 40
Outdoor Rooms 43
Landscapes 44
Carports 46
Additions 47
Inside 49
Unity 51
Space 52
Open Plans 55
Human Scale 56
Foyers 58
Varied Levels 59
Ceilings 61
Walls and Screens 62
Window Walls 65
Clerestories 66
Glass Features 69
Fireplaces 70
Wood Decks 72
Lighting and Heating 73
Kitchens 74
Dining Areas 75
Built-ins 77
Furnishings 78
Natural Colors 81
Ornament 82
Harmony 84
Simplicity 85
Wright-Sized Houses 87
Homage to the Square: Stockman House (1908) Mason City, Iowa 88
Tall Story: Isabel Roberts House (1908) River Forest, Illinois 94
Architecture for Democracy: First Jacobs House (1936) Madison, Wisconsin 103
Loren's Love Affair: Pope-Leighey House (1939) Alexandria, Virginia 108
Small Wonder: Sturges House (1939) Brentwood Heights, California 116
Grace Notes: Zimmerman House (1950) Manchester, New Hampshire 121
Arietta: Tracy House (1955) Normandy Park, Washington 128
Impossible Dream: Peterson Cottage (1958) Lake Delton, Wisconsin 135
Desert Rose: Lykes House (1959) Phoenix, Arizona 138
All About Light: Lockhart Cottage (1968) Scottsdale, Arizona 148
Visiting Wright's Small Houses 154
Selected Bibliography 155
Photograph Credits 157
Acknowledgments 157
Index 158
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