LOUIS PENFIELD HOUSE - Willoughby Hills, OH, USA

LOUIS PENFIELD HOUSE - Willoughby Hills, OH, USA

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Frank Lloyd Wright

1,800 square feet
3 bedrooms
3 beds (1 queen, 1 full, 1 twin)
1.5 bathrooms
$275-300/night
2 night minimum stay

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DESCRIPTION

“During his long career, Frank Lloyd Wright designed more than 1,000 buildings, of which over 400 were built. Unlike other architects, however, he continued to design private homes while at the pinnacle of his career. These houses, which he termed, 'Usonians' represent the culmination of his residential work. Barely 100 were built. The Louis Penfield House is one.

In each of these designs Wright expressed his principles of organic architecture. All of the houses were built of readily available materials left as unadorned as possible. Each design was site-specific to take advantage of the view and terrain. The typical Usonian floor plan included small entryways, narrow passages, large central fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows. The designs were also tailored to each individual client, which is why the Penfield house is unique among Wright designs.

Louis Penfield was six feet eight inches tall. When meeting Mr. Wright for the first time, he asked, 'Can you design a house for someone as tall as me?' Wright was silent for a moment, then replied, 'Yes, but we’ll have to design a machine to tip you sideways first.' 

Mr. Penfield’s house is a true reflection of his physique; ceilings that are taller than most other Usonians, slender ribbon windows match the owner’s slim profile and the narrow doors are tall by any standard. Wright had cheerfully accepted Mr. Penfield as a client even though he often stated 'Anyone over six feet tall is a weed'.

This completely restored Usonian home features a floating staircase and a 12’ floor-to-ceiling glass walled living room; offering a panoramic view of the distant bluffs of the Chagrin River. The house is constructed of heavily textured concrete block with deeply raked horizontal mortar. The house is 1800 sq. ft. with three bedrooms and one and one-half baths. All of the Wright-designed furniture is included. The fully functioning radiant-floor heating system is fueled directly by one of two natural gas wells located on the property.” penfieldhouse.com

 

OVERVIEW

Size: 1,800 s.f.
Maximum Guests: 5
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3 (1 queen, 1 full, 1 twin)
Bathrooms: 1.5

Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Daily Price: $275-$300

Cleaning Fee: $50 (one time)
Check In: 3:00 p.m.
Check Out:  11:00 a.m.


FEATURES

Basics

Heating
Shower
Bathtub
Washer
Dryer
Essentials

Amenities

Water Front
Indoor Fireplace
TV

Other

Carbon Monoxide Detector
Smoke Detector
Fire Extinguisher


AREA ACTIVITIES

All Year

Hiking
Wildlife Watching
Fishing
Brewery
Winery

Spring/Summer

Birding
Biking
Golfing
Swimming
Canoeing
Sailing
Kayaking
Horseback Riding

Fall/Winter

Autumn Color Change
Apple Picking
Snowshoeing
Cross Country Skiing


AWARDS

National Register of Historic Places, 1997


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