We're back from another whirlwind tour of Midwest Organic Architecture! This weekend, it was central Michigan, specifically Grand Rapids with a very special stop near Kalamazoo. So what was on the itinerary? Some really special things....
On Friday, we stopped in for a special tour of 2 Frank Lloyd Wright designed communities located in and near Kalamazoo, MI. The first community was "The Acres" (located in Galesberg, MI) with 4 Usonian houses designed by Wright in the late 1940s.
We also we're able to see a few of the Usonian houses that make up the Parkwyn Village community located in Kalamazoo. Even though it was stormy (again), it couldn't dampen the mood. Why?
Because we we're treated to two very special interior tours: The Eric Brown House (1951) and the Curtis Meyer House (1948). The Brown House was amazing, with its beautiful wood ceiling and breath-taking views of the lake.
Yet, I think the Curtis Meyer House stole the show for me. This wonderful solar hemicycle design is a true gem, with the current owner lovingly restoring it back to its full glory. The spaces flow from level-to-level and inside and outside so fluidly, the house just sings!
Today we attended the 9th Annual Walter Burley Griffin Society of America Meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. We heard some great morning lectures and toured three amazing houses:
The Rowe House (1915), a much departed-from version of Wright's "$5000 Fire-proof home design", executed by the local firm of Osgood and Osgood.
The Marion Mahony Griffin designed D.M. Amberg House (1910), one of the very few commissions this important female Prairie School architect had total design control over.
And the beautifully
restored Frank Lloyd Wright designed Meyer May House (1908). The Steelcase Company has done a wonderful job acting as the stewards of this important Prairie School masterpiece. The house is a visual feast of art glass, original furnishings, painted murals and a fine selection of original Teco pottery scattered throughout.
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