Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Rose Pauson House, by Frank Lloyd Wright



One of my personal favourites designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is the delightful little desert house he designed for Rose Pauson that was sadly destroyed by fire not long after its creation.

It does make a beautiful ruin, but a tech whiz at the Hooked on the Past blog has reproduced it virtually with the aid of AutoCAD and a bit of trickery. What you see here is not reality, but his rendering:



Head here to see it all, including the story of the virtual creation.



[Pics by Hooked on the Past, Wright Chat]

UPDATE: A comment at the Save Wright site describes my own response:

Is it only the "lost" status of this house that attracts me ? I don't think so. A wood and masonry vessel, romantic and strange, angular and alive, with a timeless approach and a unique means of ingress. . .it speaks to me. The separation of functions, the interior pathways, the elevation of dining above the living level, the uncanny canted lapped board construction. . .

It’s an evocative little number. Subsequent comments at the site try to understand why.



  1. Gorgeous. Pity it wasn't rebuilt ... I wonder why not?

  2. I think soon after the fire it was announced the site would be ending up under a state highway. (That's my memory of the story, anyway.)

  3. It was long after the fire that the highway happened. At one point, Wright created a new plan to rebuild the house on the old foundation with additions, but it was never implemented.

    1. correct - for Lucius and Jorgine Boomer, prior to Lucius' untimely death. Jorgine eventually got a newly designed cottage.


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