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Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Usonian Home' Was 74 Years Ahead Of Its Time (PHOTOS)

Nov 07, 2013 | Updated Nov 09, 2013
Florida Southern College

The work of Frank Lloyd Wright needs no identification. Unless, it's one of the hundreds of structures the legendary architect designed that never saw the light of day.

If you aren't familiar with Wright's work, you could head to the famous Guggenheim museum in NYC, or check out photos of the legendary Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Or, you could take a stroll through the campus of Florida Southern College, which boasts 18 Wright structures, the most Wright-designed projects in a single site. That's where the latest Wright design has come to pass -- a single-story house that Wright designed 74 years ago.

Designed in 1939 as part of his middle class-friendly Usonian House series, the house features a flat roof, small kitchen, overlarge living area, and airy, plain-jane, aesthetic, as Curbed describes it.

According to design site Dezeen, the house is one of 60 created for in the Usonian style, "a kind of family residence that is free from ornamentation, intended to represent a national style whilst remaining affordable for the average family."

Inside the house, which makes up part of the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center, furnishings also keep Wright's vision alive with its reproduction furniture designed by Wright specifically for use in his Usonian homes.

Check out photos of the house in the photos below and tell us: What's your favorite Frank Lloyd Wright design?

Frank Lloyd Wright Home Gets Built After 74 Years

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article indicated that the Imperial Hotel is currently open for visits. The hotel was demolished in 1968, though the entrance lobby was saved and reconstructed at the Meiji Mura architecture museum in Nagoya, Japan. The story has been updated to reflect this fact.

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