Sweeton House

Philly.com has an article on the Sweeton House, a Usonian home designed in 1959 that is on the itinerary for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s Annual Conference this Fall.

The Sweeton family was solidly in the middle, and approached Wright to design a house for them that fit their “unpretentious lifestyle,” according to correspondence. Nichols says the Sweetons paid builders $24,000 to construct the house, which was completed in 1951. Wright’s design fee was $1,500.

He responded with a three-bedroom, one-bath house on seven acres. It has trademark Wright features, including a long, low, sloped roof that emphasizes the horizontal, a cantilevered carport, a gridded red-tinted concrete slab floor, concrete block and glass, and generous windows.

The windows in the main room aren’t just holes in the wall, “they’re a subtle enclosure of the house,” says Nichols, pointing out that no frame connects the panes where wall meets wall. The glass is cut and mitered to fit together neatly so residents can absorb a full sense of the nature beyond.

“When Wright designed the house, he really wanted to give the owner a sense of shelter, but also not confine the owner,” says Nichols.

It doesn’t show up in my browser, but reportedly, there’s a video of the Sweeton House here.