An early Usonian-style home by Frank Lloyd Wright recently hit the market in Okemos, Michigan, just outside the capital of Lansing and a few miles from Michigan State University. Situated on a nearly two-acre wooded lot, the 1939 design employs Wright's trademark style: horizontal planes, a cantilevering roof, and an intimate relationship with the surrounding site. The master architect reportedly once called it his "favorite small house," nodding to the structure's compact yet functional 1,300-square-foot floor plan.
According to the home's National Register of Historic Places application, the original owners—Alma Goetsch and Kathrine Winckler—initially worked with Wright to design a community for themselves and several fellow Michigan State professors, to be called Usonia II. Plans for the community were later dropped and only the Goetsch-Winckler House was built. Completed in 1940, the structure's large central room originally served as both a living and working area for the two educators and artists.
The current owners, Dan and Audrey Seidman, purchased the property in 2007 and spent the last 13 years meticulously restoring it. The Seidmans completed such projects as repairing cracked concrete and broken fixtures, as well as replacing damaged or rotted sections of the ceilings and wall—all while retaining the home's original floor plan and historic character. Now, they are looking to move on and recently listed the home with an asking price of $475,000. Keep scrolling to see more.
Update: The Goetsch-Winckler House quickly found new buyers and sold in July 2020.
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