Frank Lloyd Wright Kenneth Laurent Home
Important Design, Wright (Auctioneers), Chicago, USA. 15th December, 2011
Local residents in Rockford, Illinois, who feel it is an important part of their heritage and who are keen to turn it into a museum, are rallying around and drumming up funds in an attempt to buy the house built between 1949 and 1952 by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright for a wheelchair-bound, handicapped war veteran and his wife. FLW referred to this house as his ‘Little Gem’ and gave it his signed red ceramic tile seal of approval – allegedly the visible sign that he accepted a structure as being ‘truly, totally, Wright’. Complete with all the original custom-built furniture and fittings, the house, designed on an elliptical plan as illustrated on the painted screen (above, third from top and included in the sale) is being sold at auction by the original owners – who have lived there for 57 years and are now too old to care for themselves – at what would appear a rather low estimated price for such an iconic building, of $500,000-700,000 (£323,000-452,000/€383,000-537,000).
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