Ohio Gets its Due

(via Wright Chat)

My home state of Ohio is home to 12 Wright buildings — 11 from Wright’s later career. After highlighting his work in Southern Ohio, the The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is turning the spotlight on the Cleveland area. Cleveland Out and About will be held April 9, 2011.

Volunteers are being recruited now (see the above link for contact information), and an informational session will be held Sunday, November 7 (later study sessions will be held in February and March).

The tour itself will visit three homes that are not open to the public:

The houses open for the April tours are: the Staley House, designed in 1950 (North Madison); the Dobkins House, 1953 (in Canton); and the Penfield I House, 1953 (Willoughby Hills). Dobkins homeowners Dan and Dianne Chrzanowski look forward to the program saying: “We welcome all guests, particularly because it gives us the chance to put away the tools of regular care and preservation, relax and enjoy, through others’ eyes, the pleasure the house brings us.” Each of the houses is a different form of Usonian building design from the last decade of Wright’s life and beautifully represents the famous architect’s life long commitment to domestic American architecture. Palli Davis Holubar, who will coordinate the volunteer training with the homeowners says: “The houses selected for this upcoming tour are shining gems among the 12 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Ohio. It is a rare gift for the public to experience living historic homes: respected for their past but also enriched with the beauty of contemporary daily life as Wright would have intended.”