A Stunning Visible Tour of Tirranna, Considered one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Outstanding, Last Creations


“Once I first encoun­tered Wright’s work as an eight-year-old boy, it was the house and the sunshine that bought me all excit­ed,” says Stu­artwork Graff in the Archi­tec­tur­al Digest video above. “I now beneath­stand why that offers us the texture­ing that it does, why we really feel dif­fer­ent in a Frank Lloyd Wright home. That’s as a result of he makes use of house and light-weight to cre­ate this sense of inti­ma­cy with the world round us.” As luck would have it, Graff has grown as much as develop into pres­i­dent and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foun­da­tion, and it’s in that capac­i­ty that he leads us by means of one of many famend Amer­i­can archi­tec­t’s final initiatives, a 1955 home alongside the Noro­ton Riv­er in New Canaan, Con­necti­lower known as Tir­ran­na.

“Whereas Tir­ran­na was being constructed, Wright was in New York Metropolis work­ing on his largest com­mis­sion, the Guggen­heim Muse­um,” says Graff. Also referred to as the Rayward–Shepherd Home, Tir­ran­na is cer­tain­ly much less vast­ly identified than the Guggen­heim, and certainly, much less vast­ly identified than a few of Wright’s oth­er res­i­den­tial work.

However as his pri­vate hous­es go, Tiran­na’s “set­ting rivals even per­haps Wright’s most well-known work, Falling­wa­ter, in the way in which that home engages nature.” Constructed alongside a curve that “fol­lows the transfer­ment of the solar by means of the day” and tex­tured with con­trast­ing con­crete block and Philip­pine mahogany — to not males­tion plen­ty of glass by means of which to absorb the land­scape out­facet — it stands as a wealthy examination­ple of late Wright.

And wealthy is what you’d guess­ter be if you wish to dwell it: accord­ing to a discover pub­lished in Archi­tec­tur­al Digest, Tir­ran­na went on the mar­ket final 12 months for an ask­ing worth of $8 mil­lion. Its 7,000 sq. ft make it one among Wright’s “largest and most expan­sive res­i­den­tial initiatives”; the “low-slung foremost house is designed in a hemi­cy­cle fashion — a singular­ly Wright form — and fea­tures sev­en mattress­rooms, eight bathtub­rooms, a rooftop obser­va­to­ry, and a wine cel­lar that has been con­vert­ed right into a bomb shel­ter.” It even boasts the dis­tinc­tion of Wright him­self hav­ing stayed there, dur­ing the time he was nonetheless work­ing on the Guggen­heim. For a deep-pock­et­ed enthu­si­ast of twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry Amer­i­can archi­tec­ture, there may exhausting­ly be a extra intrigu­ing prospect in New Canaan — as least for the reason that Glass Home isn’t on the market.

Relat­ed con­tent:

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A Vir­tu­al Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Misplaced Japan­ese Mas­ter­piece, the Impe­r­i­al Lodge in Tokyo

What Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unusu­al Win­dows Inform Us About His Archi­tec­tur­al Genius

130+ Pho­tographs of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mas­ter­piece Falling­wa­ter

The Unre­al­ized Tasks of Frank Lloyd Wright Get Delivered to Life with 3D Dig­i­tal Recon­struc­tions

When Frank Lloyd Wright Designed a Canine­home, His Small­est Archi­tec­tur­al Cre­ation (1956)

Primarily based in Seoul, Col­in Marshall writes and broad­casts on cities, lan­guage, and cul­ture. His initiatives embody the Sub­stack newslet­ter Books on Cities, the guide The State­much less Metropolis: a Stroll by means of Twenty first-Cen­tu­ry Los Ange­les and the video collection The Metropolis in Cin­e­ma. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall or on Face­guide.