“I believe a house is more a home by being a work of Art.” – Frank Lloyd Wright, The Natural House, 1954
What is it like to live in a work of art? Experience the process of building and living in a home designed by one of America’s greatest architects in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home. This stunning Usonian House is still owned by it’s original occupants, John and Catherine Christian. The Samara house, also known as John E. Christian House, was built between 1954 and 1956 in West Lafayette, Indiana. The exhibition explores the creation of a Wright house through the eyes of a client who spent more than fifty years fulfilling the renowned architect’s Usonian vision. This immersive exhibit will feature an impressive compilation of original furniture, architectural fragments, rare archival materials, historic photographs, and videos. Visitors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara have the unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the values of a young Indiana couple worked in tandem with Wright’s vision to create one family’s definition of an American dream home. The 2,200 square foot Usonian Samara House occupies an acre, harmonizing with the nature and irregular topography of the land.
The museum will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm through February 17, 2013. It will be closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for museum members and children under the age of 12. More information on the exhibit and the museum can be found by calling 817.275.4600 or by visiting the museum’s website.
Look inside Samara House in West Lafayette designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
photo © Alexander Vertikoff. Courtesy SAMARA.