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Spending the Night with Frank Lloyd Wright

(Chris Ramirez for NYT).jpgRemember last summer, when Nicolai Ouroussof wrote a feature story on Pierre Chareau‘s Maison de Verre and then three quarters of the way through give it a travel writing twist, detailing his three-day stay in the house? Well, the architectural fantasy overnights continue in the pages of The New York Times. In yesterday’s travel section, Barbara Ireland wrote about her weekend in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Duncan House, a Usonian in Acme, Pennsylvania, that rents for $385 a night.

A Frank Lloyd Wright house is like a Japanese garden. No matter where inside it you stand, or which way you turn, the view before your eyes has been planned — and planned to be harmonious and beautiful. To absorb it and try to understand how it was done, you need to move and pause and double back and look around again, stand and sit and maybe lie on the couch…

…Over two days and nights, we dined in the glow of concealed overhead lights, read in a cozy nook under triangular windows, lay in bed in the morning watching gray treetops sway. We padded over concrete floors heated by hot water pipes below. Looking at details and structure, we tried to tease out the mechanics behind the overall effect of effortless serenity.

Ireland’s piece includes a handy list of rentable Wrights across the midwest, but we’re not sure if any of those can compare to a stay at Wright’s only skyscraper, the Price Tower, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Seven of the building’s upper floors have been transformed into a boutique hotel, The Inn at Price Tower, with Wright-inspired interiors designed by architect Wendy Evans Joseph. For weeks after our stay last year, we dreamt only of triangles and patinated copper.

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