As some of you know from previous posts I am a fan of structures designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright and try to visit houses and buildings he designed during my travels. Well, this may come as a surprise even to FLW fans but he once designed a doghouse! I heard about this on NPR a few months ago and learned that it was designed for a family who lived in this area.
Mr. Wright designed a home for the Robert Berger family of nearby San Anselmo. When the house was completed Mr. Berger relayed his 12-year-old son’s request that Wright design a doghouse which would fit in with the house design but would be inexpensive enough so his son could pay for it with money earned on his paper route. Mr. Wright wrote back that he was too busy and that they should ask again a year later. Well they did and this time Mr. Wright complied.
The design was completed in 1957 but construction wasn’t completed until 1963 (after selling many newspapers!).
Here is a photo of the original doghouse:
(Photo credit: wikipedia.org)
The doghouse was thrown out after it was no longer needed but was later reconstructed following the original plans (note that it is sitting up on a dolly so appears taller than it actually is):
(Photo credit: sf.curbed.com – courtesy of Marin County Civic Center)
(Photo credit: J. Michael Welton)