Frank Lloyd Wright experimented with many materials for his Usonian houses, created to be well-designed, low-cost dwellings that the average American could afford. After using brick and cypress for his 1939 Rosenbaum House, he tried out various masonry and wood combinations. One material Wright never tried? Gingerbread. But you can give it a whirl if you happen to find yourself in Bartlesville, Oklahoma next weekend. That’s when the Price Tower Arts Center, housed inside Wright’s only skyscraper, will host Usonian gingerbread house classes for children (December 7th) and adults (December 8th).
Participants in the classes will get a Usonian-style cardboard frame that they can decorate with graham crackers, frosting, and candies. But Wright would probably advise exercising restraint with the gumdrops. “A modest house, this Usonian house, a dwelling place that has no feeling at all for the ‘grand’ except as the house extends itself in the flat parallel to the ground,” wrote Wright. “It will be a companion to the horizon.” After all, who needs a fancy-roofed Victorian confection when you can consruct a delicious single-story monolith (with attached carport)?