July 20, 2024


Body and Interior

Frank Lloyd Wright-designed dog house gets permanent exhibit

This pooch pad is a aspect of architectural record. 

A canine retreat designed by one particular of America’s most highly regarded architects has identified a fur-at any time property in California.

“​​Through a generous donation, the County of Marin has acquired a serious doghouse developed by a single of the best-regarded architects in American heritage,” suggests a press launch with regards to the lasting set up of the hound hutch in the cafeteria of a San Rafael civic center this Could. 

The canine property was donated by a male named Jim Berger, who grew up in the Wright-intended Berger Property in close by San Anselmo, which his dad and mom — Robert and Gloria Berger — commissioned Wright to design and style in the early 1950s. Soon after shifting in, in 1956, Jim manufactured a Wright commission of his possess. The then-12-calendar year-aged wrote to the visionary to talk to if he might build a smaller sized property to enhance the family’s Usonian-design and style one for their new golden retriever, Eddie.

Wright complied the next year and, for no more demand, sketched a 4-square-foot doghouse on the back again of an envelope. When an more mature Jim joined the military in 1963, his father and brother crafted the doggy property primarily based on Wright’s sketch.

Frank Lloyd Wright-designed dog house gets permanent exhibit
The doggy residence was rebuilt according to Wright’s types in 2010.
Marin County Civic Center
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Wright throughout an interview in Chicago on May perhaps 8, 1953.
NBCUniversal through Getty Photographs
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Wright stays celebrated for his Usonian-model homes.
Bettmann Archive

In spite of the style pedigree, Eddie was not a supporter, “preferring to snooze in the warmth of the principal residence.” In 1970, Gloria Berger despatched the doghouse to the dump. (Wright himself passed absent in 1959.) 

Skip 40 many years into the foreseeable future: In 2010, Jim and his son rebuilt the doghouse for a documentary film about Wright. 

Irrespective of being turned down by its sole resident, the composition does serve as a excellent illustration of numerous characteristic Wright particulars that are not as right away apparent in his larger sized layouts. For illustration, the construction is triangular, the small-pitched roof capabilities an exaggerated overhang — and, as with numerous Wright designs, the roof leaked. 

“The doghouse remains the smallest composition Frank Lloyd Wright at any time made and is now on everlasting perspective at the Marin County Civic Middle, Wright’s major existing making,” the launch states. “In 1952, soon after 69 yrs in architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright built a person of the most charming buildings of his total career…a doghouse for Eddie.”