Would You Live in a Frank Lloyd Wright House?

When I was a little kid, I thought I wanted to be an architect. I was absolutely enamored with the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, and my hope was to design homes like his (including one for myself).

While I eventually decided that the architectural career path wasn’t for me, I continued to learn about FLW and visit some of his iconic designs over the years (there’s even one here in St. Louis). In fact, on my bucket list is to spend the night in a Wright-designed building someday.

Yesterday I saw a Facebook post from a friend about a beautiful house in St. Louis that was currently on the market. It was the work of a stylist architect (not FLW), and it made me wonder, “Given the current housing boom, is it possible to buy a Frank Lloyd Wright house?” The concept of doing so had never occurred to me.

As it turns out, there are several FLW houses on the market. They’re well out of my price range (and I’m perfectly happy with our condo), but I marvel at the fact that there are people out there who are buying and actually living in Wright homes. Can you imagine living here?

However, I had to ask myself: If I truly had the resources and the opportunity to buy and live in a Frank Lloyd Wright house someday, would I actually want to? I’ve found that I greatly prefer living in a condo instead of a stand-alone house, as I don’t want to take care of a yard. I also like living in the city within walking distance to restaurants, while most of Wright’s houses are integrated into nature. Also, as much as I love Wright’s style, he also makes some odd choices in his designs, and the structural integrity of his rooftops is somewhat suspect.

So I think I’ll just focus on my bucket list goal of spending the night in a Wright house, which is apparently easier than ever thanks to AirBnB. Many of them are in Wisconsin and Michigan, which are a bit of a drive, but I’ll make it work.

What do you think? Whether it’s Wright or another architect you admire, would you want ever want to live in an iconic home they designed?

4 thoughts on “Would You Live in a Frank Lloyd Wright House?”

  1. Interesting post. As an avid reader have you read by any chance ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand? Even though I don’t agree with some aspects in the book, I found it really fascinating. Also the main character of the book Howard Roark was inspired by Lloyd Wright.

    • Indeed, I read it years ago when I was a teenager. I don’t think I quite understood the extend of Rand’s political views at the time, but like you, I found the book fascinating.


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