Goetsch-Winkler House: Okemos, Michigan

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Goetch-Winkler House for two women who worked in the art department of Michigan State University in East Lansing. (Please pardon the mistake that resided there for so long).  Thomas Heinz says in his book, "Frank Lloyd Wright Field Guide, Volume 1" that this home was built in a secluded, but urban area of Michigan.  I'm not quite sure why he said this area was urban, because this area is suburban at best.  This home along with the Brauner House are located at the end of a wooded cul-de-sac.  

Okemos, Michigan was to be the site of Wright's first Usonian community.  There were 7 or 8 clients who were going to build in the area.  Unfortunately the venture was not able to get off the ground because financing wasn't available through conventional means.  Wright homes were quite unconventional and most of the clients of the early Usonian homes had trouble getting financing.  

Looking at the Goetsch-Winckler House from the street. 

Built in 1939, it was one of the earliest of Wright's Usonian homes.  Most of the early designs, like the Jacobs I and Pope-Leighey, were built in an L pattern.  This one is built with an in-line floor plan.   

Looking up from the cul-de-sac.  May, 2003

Heinz goes on to describe the home as being built with redwood walls and fir plywood ceilings.  

Carport side view.

The home is perfectly situated on the lot.  The clerestory windows gives the side of the house that faces the street and cul-de-sac lots of privacy.  The glass side of the house faces off into the woods.  

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