Thursday, December 3

For sale the Boulter house, by Frank Lloyd Wright, with all its furniture, for only 600,000 euros | ICON Design


Shortly after the construction of this Two-storey family home, which goes on sale today, Frank Lloyd Wright he devoted himself almost body and soul to writing essays in favor of horizontality and against verticality, which he accused of causing vertigo; almost as much as the one you feel when looking at its iconic waterfall house from below.

The Boulter house, which sold with original furniture designed by the architect, not only complies with his later standards of building height. Closer to no-add functionality than ‘mid-century’ futuristic fantasy, the house carries the heritage of sobriety and the materials that Wright applied to his Usonia houses during World War II, when the United States was going through a serious economic crisis and most of the construction had stopped.

This does not mean that it is cheaply made: registered as a historical heritage, it is built with African and Philippine mahogany, Douglas fir, concrete blocks and glass; and features some of the classic Wright elements, such as underfloor heating. Today, however, it goes on the market at a price that lovers of the architect’s work have not hesitated to call ridiculous: $ 695,000 (just over 600,000 euros).

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Exterior of the two-story Boulter House, just a few minutes’ walk from one of Cincinnati’s liveliest neighborhoods. |

The surprise comes when you do a quick Google search and discover that Many of the homes that Frank Lloyd Wright built are listed for relatively low prices to the market. In 2016, one of his homes in Michigan hung a “for sale” sign for $ 500,000 (440,000 euros). Plus, it costs a lot to sell them. Why?

If you are the owner of a Wright home, America’s most recognized architect, you are going to have many marauders, students and conference attendees about his work who want to see one of his creations live and direct, even if you are in pajamas. Also, when you buy a piece that is part of the history of architecture, you you also become part of its history and selling it becomes the most demanding of the competitive exams: many owners will not release it until the candidate is, in their eyes, someone who is willing to take care of the home.

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The kitchen, according to Wright’s plans, had to be “efficient”; that is to say, small and functional. |

Another of the handicaps of their houses, apart from the fact that many buyers prefer not to invest in an old-fashioned home that must be preserved as it is, is that they are usually located in idyllic places, yes, but far from civilization. Perhaps due to his fondness of going out for a ride in his yellow convertible? Not the case with this one, designed for Mrs. Boulter — the daughter of building materials supplier Henry J. Neils, for whom Wright had already built a house in Minnesota — and her husband, both of whom were Wright’s students in college. The house is located a few minutes walk from the Gaslight Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA), full of bars, restaurants and shops.

The Boulter house has 228 square meters, with large windows and a floating balcony with the unmistakable stamp of Wright. It has two modifications to the original plan: the first, by Wright, to create a playroom for the couple’s two children; In the second, in 1990, local architect Chris Magee closed the garage and attached it to the main house, as well as updating the main bathroom and dining room. The rest is exactly as Wright designed it from the beginning: kitchen “efficient”, as their notes said, that is, small and functional; a huge living room on two levels, and four rooms, of 9 square meters, which follow the usonian style as if it were religion.

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The four secondary rooms of the house are barely 9 square meters and look more like the cell of a Franciscan monk than a room in a luxury house, faithful to the Usonian style that Wright devised for the economic crisis of World War II. |

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The main bathroom was renovated in 1990 by local architect Chris Magee. It is one of the only two modifications that the house has. |

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Another view of the kitchen. We understand that the appliances are not from 1956. |

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The rooms are arranged around a long corridor, one of the hallmarks of the Wright brand. |

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Another of the secondary rooms; is overlooking a nest of crows. |

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The huge living room is the jewel of the Boulter house. |

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The entrance of the house. |

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The dining room is as spartan as the bedrooms. |

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The master bedroom is significantly larger than the secondary bedrooms, but there is no room for the superfluous either. |

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The small bathroom on the top floor (the house has three) keeps the original Wright design. |

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