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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

Philip Laporte

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Sunday, July 8, 2018
Our tour guide was excellent. Even though the home isn't too large the guide had a lot of interesting information about the home, architect, construction and family. The structure and grounds were very well maintained. Entrance price was $10 for adults and $5 for children. I felt the fee was worth it and the 10 year olds seemed to enjoy the visit also.

Courtland Colburn

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
The city has invested a good deal of money into preserving this piece of architectural history. Listening to the tour guide will help you appreciate the influence of FLW.

Sasha Carter

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Sunday, July 8, 2018
Very interesting tour. The house is small so you miss some things w a large group

Rebecca Cluff

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
It was incredible to be in a space that Frank Lloyd Wright designed. The staff was informative and helpful.

Parker McGee

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Awesome tour!!! Guides are very knowledgeable and the house is definitely a sight to see!

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