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Florence - Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House

601 Riverview Drive
256 718-5050

An American architectural treasure, this house was built for newlyweds Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum of Florence, Alabama, in 1939. The house is the only structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the state of Alabama, and the only such house in the southeast that is open to the public.

Wright’s Usonian style (named for the United State of America) was offered as a low-cost home for middle income families. With Wright’s plans, a young family could build their own home, fulfilling the American dream of home ownership. This house sits on a two-acre lot, very near downtown Florence and facing the Tennessee River.

The Usonian style house originally contained 1,540 square feet, but when the Rosenbaum household grew to include four sons, the family called upon Wright to design an addition. In 1948, 1,084 square feet was added, containing a larger work space (kitchen), a guest bedroom, storage space and a dormitory for the boys. This seamless addition clearly shows Wright’s concept of a Usonian house that could grow with the family as it grew. The Rosenbaums were the sole owners and occupants of the house until 1999, when it was purchased by the City of Florence. The house had reached a critical stage, due to delayed maintenance, and years of leaking roofs had damaged the joists, ceilings, walls and exterior trim. Termites had also taken their toll and cored many of the walls.

The City developed a plan to save the house, using a capital improvements account funded by a one-cent sales tax. Dozens of volunteers and professionals contributed to the restoration and without this major effort the house might have been lost. This treasure, meticulously preserved, is now a museum, open to the public for this City and the world.



Reviews

Jerry Fox

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Saturday, April 7, 2018
Very good tour. If you have toured the 'Gloria and Abraham Wilson' Usonian house that has been moved to Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR you will impressed by how consistent Wright was in his view of what his Usonian style house should contain and it's driving design style

Vanessa

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Sunday, March 11, 2018
Tour was only 10$ and very informative. One of a kind time capsule, and example of unisonian architecture.

Bill Pickard

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Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
This is a must see house for fans of Frank Lloyd Wright and home building in general. The house is small and a tour costs $10 for adults. I do not recommend this for kids. It's kinda boring for them.

Shauna Betz

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Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Wonderful house and tour to go along with it at an affordable price! I really enjoyed my visit.

Tom Thompson

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Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017
I have a friend that knew the folks that lived here when it was a normal residence and was in it often when she was a kid. So I just had to see it. The house is ... different! It is an odd mix of minimalist and extravagance (for the time). In any case it was well worth an hour of my time. I don't know much about architecture or FLW.

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