Cake Monster Gives a Lesson in Architecture – Frank Lloyd Wright House #22

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Just a short car ride from the AKC Museum of the Dog is the Frank Lloyd Wright House, the next stop on our adventure that afternoon.

Cake #22! At the Frank Lloyd Wright House

Cake #22! At the Frank Lloyd Wright House

While this Cake Monster knows many things – mostly cake related – one of the things I admittedly do not know very much about is architecture. So after Mercutio, WD and I pulled up to this cake and admired the geometric designs on the sides and top (and the delicious(?) looking orange “icing”), I made a mental note to research just what this house looked like, since the cake was at the bottom of the hill leading up to the house, and why it was such an important stop on the Cakeway to the West (…how I wish I could take credit for that awesome name!!).

wpid-20140315_171502.jpgThe Frank Lloyd Wright House located in Kirkwood, MO is also called the Kraus House after the couple (Russell and Ruth…aww!) that lived in the house for about 40 years.

The house was one of a series of about sixty houses created by Frank Lloyd Wright called Usonian Homes. These types of houses are single story houses most of the time without a garage that were usually created in an L-shape which would fit around a garden or other such area. According to Wikipedia.com (ugh! the English major in me is cringing for citing Wikipedia, but…), “A strong visual connection between the interior and exterior spaces is an important characteristic of all Usonian homes” (…ok, that wasn’t that bad).

Below are some images of what the house in St. Louis looks like.

Picture source:  tripadvisor.com

Picture source: tripadvisor.com

Picture source: stlouistours.net

Picture source: stlouistours.net

In the photo on the right, you can really see the unique shape of the house as well as the solar panels on the roof which were also a part of a lot of the Usonian homes.

The word Usonian itself was Wright’s way of referencing this type of American home design because, according to Wright, there was no previous conventional American style which gave him the freedom to create something new and spectacular.

Again, according to Wikipedia.com (*cringe*), “Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture.” I think the house here St. Louis is a great example of this philosophy.

One last thing for today’s lesson – check out the crazy, awesome floor plan for the house in St. Louis.

Picture source: ebsworthpark.org

Picture source: ebsworthpark.org

I think that, after seeing that floor plan, and learning about this house, this Cake Monster just added one more thing on her to do list (after seeing all the cakes, of course!).

 

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