Andrew and Maude Cooke House: Virginia Beach, VA
In July of 2004, I received what I read as a very confrontational e-mail from the owners of the Cooke house. The stated that they did not appreciate the photos that I had taken of the home they now own. Even though the photos were legally taken from a public street, I have removed them from my web site. Please accept my apologies to the owners for any inconvenience it caused them and to the readers of my web site for depriving them of a few photos. The folks that own the Cooke house do make their home available for photography and tours for fund raising of worthy causes and educational purposes where formal requests have been made well in advance to tie in with their availability. I know some of the folks who read my web site make their own trips to see Wright homes and buildings. Please leave the Cooke House off your list of homes to visit. It is well concield behind a band of trees and is not really visible from the street. As I've said many times on my web site, please respect private property and posted signs.
I did leave the text about the Cooke house on the web site. It'll have to do. :)
The Cooke house was designed in 1953 in Virginia Beach, Virginia and completed in 1959. It is a variation of the solar hemicycle design that is made of brick. There is a long wing off of one side that has the bedrooms and living spaces. According to Storrer the interesting thing about the construction was that it was completed years after its design and without the knowledge of the Taliesin Architects. They had asked for a revision to the first design to make it smaller and more economical. In the end, the Cookes ended up building the original, larger design.
Visiting the Cooke residence is somewhat less interesting than the history of the house. The owners have valued their privacy. Where the house was probably visible from the street at one point, the trees and bushes have been grown in order to block the view of the house. You can only see glimpses of the house through the trees. It is, however, a beautiful site that is perfect for the open, organic style of the home's design.
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