The Wright Stuff
Frank Lloyd Wright was a hounddog. He enjoyed the company of women.
And you could say, if you were so inclined, that the Oak Park gadabout’s Midwestern homes — secluded in the woods, open floor plans, naturally lit — are the architectural equivalent of a seduction.
And if that is your intention, we’ve rounded up four Wright-designed homes, all within a five-hour drive of city limits, available for weekend rental right now. Enjoy.
Seth Peterson Cottage
Lake Delton, Wisconsin
For the ultimate weekend of privacy, try the Seth Peterson Cottage, a two-room cabin perched on a wooded bluff atop Mirror Lake. Built in 1958, this intimate retreat has a soaring roof and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring nature in, while the fireplace and sandstone walls keep the cold out. Go for a hike in Mirror Lake State Park.
The Schwartz House
Two Rivers, Wisconsin
If you need extra room, the Schwartz House (a.k.a. Still Bend) is ideal for a couples getaway. Lauded as a model “dream house” for LIFE Magazine in 1938, you’ll spread out over 3,000 square feet replete with fireplaces, built-in furniture and Wright’s signature clerestory windows. Upstairs: three bedrooms, each with a private balcony.
The Haynes House
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Built in 1952, the Haynes House’s low, horizontal lines open into the rolling one-acre lot that surrounds, while dramatic tidewater red cypress wood and a cantilevered brick fireplace await inside. Bonus: reserve a personal chef to come by and cook a seven-course gourmet meal.
The Palmer House
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Perhaps the most well-preserved, the Palmer House is situated in a cul-de-sac on two acres of private land bordering the Nichols Arboretum. Inside: three bedrooms, two baths and all original furniture, right down to the Thermador stove. In addition, the site has a matching triangular teahouse.
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