October 17, 2010Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Kalamazoo, Michigan
By Sablemable aka Jan
When Ruth forwarded to me the link to a home for sale in Kalamazoo, she said “I know it isn’t our usual cup of tea…”, but being a fan of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian designs, I jumped at the chance to present one of his masterpieces. After all, his Usonian designs, I believe, were the predecessors of our MCM ranch houses.
One thing about the listing that was irritating was lack of address. Fortunately, I have the Frank Lloyd Wright Companion book, a huge compilation of every building he designed, and, has every single address listed in the back. Kudos!
Without further adieu, let’s take a peek inside the FLW home at 2662 Taliesin in the Parkwyn Village in Kalamazoo. The house was originally built in 1949, even though the listing says 1951. However, there was expansion done to the structure in the early Fifties and that may have occurred in 1951. The house is listed as a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom structure, turning the study into the fourth room. When first built, the home only had one bedroom and one bathroom. Below is the floor plan of the original structure.
Now here’s the floor plan after completion in the Fifties with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and the study.
Parkwyn Village only contained four FLW built homes and this particular one, design #299, was constructed for Ward and Helen McCartney and is known as the McCartney Home.
The house is constructed of concrete block and cypress wood, sits on a slab and has 1,671 square feet of living space. Jaqua Realtors is the broker and Paul McIntyre is the agent. He may be reached at 269-808-0324. Oh, and the price for this lovely home? It’s pure robbery at $279,000.000!
THE ENTRY (WRIGHT’S HOMES ALL HAD CONCRETE FLOORING, TINTED)
THE LIVING ROOM-DINING ROOM
I couldn’t figure out what this concrete room was for until I looked at the floor plans. It’s the workspace!
THE WORKSPACE AKA KITCHEN
THE STUDY, NOW A BEDROOM
THE MASTER BEDROOM
THE OTHER TWO BEDROOMS
ONE OF THE BATHROOMS
This makes me want to cash in all of my assets (ha-ha, if I had any assets), and snatch this baby up. It deserves to be preserved and loved by someone who adores the architecture. Classic modern home!