- Hardcover: 80 pages
- Publisher: Pomegranate Communications (September 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764937634
- ISBN-13: 978-0764937637
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,876,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House: The Birth and Rebirth of an American Treasure Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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Basically the house was one of the early Usonian homes that interested Wright a great deal in the years just before and after World War II. These were homes designed with spectacular design features but were small homes intended for the average family.
The Rosenbaum house was 1,540 square feet. It is a spectacular design, as you would expect. But built at what was then pushing the state of the art, the construction details were not quite up to the design aspects. The dead flat roof wasn't strong enough to remain flat, as it sagged it created catch basins that held water that the roofing material was not designed to keep out. Termites had their way with some of the wood. The heating system had never worked properly, and on and on. The building was condemned with the building inspector recommending that it be torn down.
The City of Florence bought the house, originally constructed with a target price of $7,500 and an actual construction cost of $14,000 for $75,000 and then spent $540,00 rebuilding it. The result is as spectacular as it was in 1940. It is a work of art.
A great read for students of FLW houses or architecture in general--a must visit to the actual house for anyone anywhere--especially in the
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book on an American treasure. Good insight into the architectural ideas and construction that worked and those that didn't. Read morePublished 21 months ago by SEFAC
I had the pleasure of visiting the Rosenbaum House twice while Mrs. Rosenbaum, a devout client of Wright's, was still alive. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Darryl Bird