Frank Lloyd Wright expert explains Usonian architecture

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Frank Lloyd Wright expert explains Usonian architecture
The Rosenbaum House, the only structure in Alabama designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, welcomes visitors on it's 75th anniversary Saturday Morning in Florence.
Frank Lloyd Wright expert explains Usonian architecture
The Rosenbaum House, the only structure in Alabama designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, welcomes visitors on it’s 75th anniversary Saturday Morning in Florence.

The Rosenbaum house is frequently called one of the best examples of Usonian architecture, a term coined by Wright to describe an architecture style that was specific to the United States and was congruent with the natural aspects of the surrounding land.

Tlachac said harmony with nature and the grid-like design of these houses typified Wright’s Usonian style. The style was born out of the need for affordable houses in the Great Depression, during World War II and the years that followed as the economy recovered.

The first Usonian house was built in 1936 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Rosenbaum’s house was completed in 1940.
Libby Jordan, director of the Rosenbaum House, said Saturday marked exactly 75 years since Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum moved into the house they paid for with the help of a $7,500 gift from Stanley Rosenbaum’s parents.

The Usonian style quickly grew in popularity, and the houses became more than homes. They are pieces of art, Tlachac said. There are examples of the style scattered across the United States, representing both the popularity of Wright’s designs, but also the dedication to preservation. []

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