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The Wright Gift

November 13, 2013

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Of the more than 400+ homes still standing, designed by iconic Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, currently fourteen are for sale (as of the writing of this article). This holiday season, why not surprise your family and loved ones with the gift of Wright?  No architect has been more important in the 20th century than Wright.  According to the organization website SAVE WRIGHT, there are homes all around the country in proximity to major cities that are looking for new owners, conservation, and love.

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One came on the market as of February of this year—The Gerald B. Tonkens House.

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Built in 1955 and located in Cincinnati, OH
Square feet: 2,500
Price: $1,788,000
Price/Sqft: $715.20
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2

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The house is one of the best original examples of Wright’s Usonian Automatic homes.  The style was designed to be affordable for families, made from concrete block molded on-site.  While the cost estimate was to be around $25,000, the final costs three years later was approximately $150,000—six times the original budget.  The home is being sold by the original owner and has not changed hands.  Most of the Henredon produced Wright furnishings have been preserved.

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Why not put a bow on it and give it to your loved ones while also saving an important part of American design—give the Wright gift.


Other Select Wright Homes Currently For Sale

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Bachman Wilson House 
Built in 1954 and located in Millstone, New Jersey
Square feet: 2,800
Price: $1,500,00 (includes moving the house due to flood problems)
Price/Sqft: $535
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1 1/2

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Alice Millard House (also called ‘La Miniatura’)
Built in 1923 and located in Pasadena, CA
Square feet: 4,230
Price: $5,250,000
Price/Sqft: $1,241
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4

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Andrew B. & Maude Cooke House
Built in 1953 and located in Virginia Beach, VA
Square feet: 3,000
Price: $3,750,000
Price/Sqft: $1,250
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3

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Heller House
Built in 1897 and located in Chicago, IL
Square feet: 6,100
Price: $2,425,000
Price/Sqft: $397
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 4

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R. W. Lindholm Residence
Built in 1952 and located in Cloquet, MN
Square feet: 2,300
Price: $690,000
Price/Sqft: $300
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2

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Coonley House North Wing
Built in 1909 and located in Riverside, IL
Square feet: 6,000
Price: $2,250,000
Price/Sqft: $375
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5

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Maynard and Katherine Buehler House 
Built in 1948 and located in Orinda, CA
Square feet: 2,200
Price: $3,350,000
Price/Sqft: $1,522.72
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 3


About the author: Bill Indursky
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.

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