We’ve heard of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum and even a gas station, but a doghouse?
Apparently the architect, whose home and studio sits on Chicago Avenue in Oak Park, once ventured into the pooch palace arena. According to the website architectsandartisans.com, Wright fashioned a doghouse for a 12-year-old boy’s black lab, Eddie.
Jim Berger wrote to Wright back in 1956, when the architect would’ve been nearly 90 years old, and asked Wright to design his dog’s home. Berger lived in a Wright-designed home in San Anselmo, Calif., and it only made sense that the canine cubby would match the main house.
Wright eventually agreed, according to Architects and Artisans, mailing drawings for a triangular-shaped doghouse made of mahogany and cedar scraps. The house was later built in 1963, a few years after Wright’s death, but torn down a decade later, as the dog’s wouldn’t take to it.
Michael Miner, a filmmaker who made a documentary on Wright’s California work, apparently had the doghouse reconstructed in 2010. Click here to have a look.