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Wright-sized houses : Frank Lloyd Wright's solutions for making small houses feel big
Maddex, Diane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Abrams, [2003]

Physical Description:
159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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NA737.W7 A4 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Frank Lloyd Wright made it his life's work to design small houses with character. He suggested dining rooms just big enough for the family -- or better yet, a combined living-dining area. He built in furniture along the walls to free up the center. He used open plans whose spaces flowed around corners, shielding views while adding mystery. He dramatized high ceilings with eye-fooling details. He turned solid walls into glass screens, breaking down barriers between outside and in. He designed step-saving kitchens lighted by skylights. He divided houses into quiet and living zones and embraced views of nature by adding outdoor rooms. He experimented with prefabricated designs to help would-be homeowners stay within a budget.

Author Notes

Diane Maddex is president of Archetype Press, and helped launch and later served as director of the Preservation Press, the book publisher of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Outsidep. 21
The Sitep. 23
The Horizontal Linep. 24
Cantileversp. 27
Roofsp. 28
Chimneysp. 30
Entrancesp. 31
Natural Materialsp. 32
Wallsp. 34
Windowsp. 36
Standardized Componentsp. 39
Private Spacesp. 40
Outdoor Roomsp. 43
Landscapesp. 44
Carportsp. 46
Additionsp. 47
Insidep. 49
Unityp. 51
Spacep. 52
Open Plansp. 55
Human Scalep. 56
Foyersp. 58
Varied Levelsp. 59
Ceilingsp. 61
Walls and Screensp. 62
Window Wallsp. 65
Clerestoriesp. 66
Glass Featuresp. 69
Fireplacesp. 70
Wood Decksp. 72
Lighting and Heatingp. 73
Kitchensp. 74
Dining Areasp. 75
Built-insp. 77
Furnishingsp. 78
Natural Colorsp. 81
Ornamentp. 82
Harmonyp. 84
Simplicityp. 85
Wright-Sized Housesp. 87
Homage to the Square: Stockman House (1908) Mason City, Iowap. 88
Tall Story: Isabel Roberts House (1908) River Forest, Illinoisp. 94
Architecture for Democracy: First Jacobs House (1936) Madison, Wisconsinp. 103
Loren's Love Affair: Pope-Leighey House (1939) Alexandria, Virginiap. 108
Small Wonder: Sturges House (1939) Brentwood Heights, Californiap. 116
Grace Notes: Zimmerman House (1950) Manchester, New Hampshirep. 121
Arietta: Tracy House (1955) Normandy Park, Washingtonp. 128
Impossible Dream: Peterson Cottage (1958) Lake Delton, Wisconsinp. 135
Desert Rose: Lykes House (1959) Phoenix, Arizonap. 138
All About Light: Lockhart Cottage (1968) Scottsdale, Arizonap. 148
Visiting Wright's Small Housesp. 154
Selected Bibliographyp. 155
Photograph Creditsp. 157
Acknowledgmentsp. 157
Indexp. 158