As of this year, when renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday will be celebrated, only five of the homes he designed remain in the hands of their original buyers. This number has shrunk by more than half over the past decade, according to Fred A. Bernstein of The Wall Street Journal.
Each of Wright’s private homes was designed in a style that he called Usonian (sometimes said to be a combination of U.S. and utopian), and customized down to their built-in furniture. Large living/dining rooms, often with massive fireplaces, were served by small, efficient kitchens. Bedrooms lined up like ships’ cabins. Outside, roofs extended over carports (which Wright claimed to have invented) in front and terraces in back.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, which maintains a database of Wright houses for sale, currently lists five homes which range in price from $365,000 to $1.95 million.