Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 028-029 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 Subject
Architecture, Domestic -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township Subject
Melvyn Maxwell Smith House Item Number
part of 'Bloomfield Blossoms' by Kay Smith Type
text, image Format
TWO FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOUSES
Frank Lloyd Wright designed two houses in Bloomfield.
The Melvyn Maxwell Smith house is in the Township and
the Gregor Affleck house in the Hills.
'An Usonic House' Wright called the Smith house, pictured
here. 'Usonia' was the name English novelist Samuel
Butler gave to America when he thought it might represent
an Utopian ideal place.
'This Usonian house is a companion to the horizon' Smith
says of his home. 'loving the ground with the new sense of
space, light and freedom to which our U.S.A. is entitled.'
Wright's own home, 'Taliesin' was fashioned as one in
harmony with nature. Both prospective owners had seen
pictures of 'Taliesin' and each was determined to have a
Wright house. In each instance the men approached Wright
and said they were not interested in basements or attics
and wanted a certain type of living experience.
The primary building materials in both houses are fired
brick and cyprus wood from the tidewaters of Florida.
Both utilize skylights, both have heated floors; neither
uses plaster, paint or wallpaper.
The Smith house was designed in 1946 and built in
1949-50, the Affleck house was built in 1941. Wright
visited both houses several times. Just before his death
in 1959 at age 90, he came to the Smith house and told
Mrs. Smith, 'My dear, your delights are just beginning.'
The Affleck house is pictured on pages 140 and 160.