Five Frank Lloyd Wright Houses You Can Rent
Your Dreams Are Not For Sale, But Maybe They’re For Rent.
Frank Lloyd Wright. By pretty much all accounts, he was one tough dude. A staunch iconoclast and truly original innovator, he was also a cranky curmudgeon, known for being rather impossible to work for. In spite of his personal shortcomings, he made some incredible houses. They blend into the nature that surrounds them, sometimes standing like rare orchids in a forest, or balancing precariously like a living thing about to succumb to forces of nature at any minute—and sometimes they did.
The houses of Frank Lloyd Wright are shining gemstones in the architectural consciousness of mid-century design—and everything that came after. But who can afford to live in one? Most of us must be satisfied with photos or the occasional voyeuristic tour. But despair no more, FLW fans. There are actually a significant number of his homes available for rent. Live your Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead) dream in one of these ergonomically designed and beautifully impractical Wright masterpieces. At least for a night or two. Here’s five that Agorafy thinks are the coolest.
The Seth Peterson Cottage
FLW loved Wisconsin. And Seth Peterson loved Frank Lloyd Wright. A rather obsessive fan, Peterson one day commissioned FLW to design a small cabin in Mirror Lake in Wisconson. But Mr. Wright, ageing and broke, died before its completion. Upon learning of FLW’s death, Mr. Peterson, despondent, took his own life. The string of tragedies associated with this house did not end there. But you can rent it for only $250 a night.
The Palmer House
This rocket of a home was built in Ann Arbor in the 1950’s and is one of FLW’s last residential masterpieces. It’s got three bedrooms and the usual FLW built in furniture and cabinetry. It’s all yours for $359 per night.
The Penfield House
This is one of those houses that is just like nothing else ever built. Like an extinct animal re-discovered, this 3-bed, 1.5-bath home was built for Louis Penfield, who was apparently six foot eight inches tall. So the design was made to accommodate such stature gracefully. Rent it if you’re tall enough for $275 a night.
The Gordon House
How cool would it be to stay in a house that has a name? Anyway, The Gordon House was not completed until four years after FLW’s death and was demolished in 2001. But through the wonders of forensic architecture (is that a thing?) the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy picked up the pieces and moved it all to the Oregon Garden 21 miles away. And now, you can rent it out for only $600 per night.
The Elam House
In southern Minnesota, this is one of FLW’s largest residential structures. It’s got five bedrooms and six bathrooms (Oh, FLW), and includes a 820 square foot guest house. Oh, and yeah, you can only rent the guest house (for $247 a night). But each stay includes a tour of the main house.
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