Monday, October 6, 2014

Florence, Alabama: The Rosenbaum House

Yesterday Gary and I did what I assume is the only interesting thing to do in Alabama (yeah yeah, Space Camp, whatever), we drove about 100 miles to Florence and toured the former home of Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum, who in 1939 commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design their house. The Rosenbaums lived in the house for sixty years before it was sold to the City of Florence which implemented some massive renovations starting in 1999 and opened it to the public. Some of the super-cool modern furnishings remain (most pieces are replicas), along with some of the family's books and personal effects. This house was a "usonian" design, not in any way considered to be opulent, but intended for a middle-class family.

We will visit Taliesin West in Scottsdale next month; Wright designed that space for himself and his wife as their winter residence and meeting center, now THAT place looks opulent and I'm sure will have a very different feel, but as an admirer of ultra-modern interiors as well as the mid-century style of FLW, it was great to see real-world application of such iconic design.

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front of the house

view from the back

living room; study back right

study with built in desk and Eames chair
dining area; table built into the wall

main hall to bedrooms; master at the end of the hall

lower hallway; closets built into the walls