I first drove by the 1939 Usonian home back in about 1990 or 1991 when it was still in the hands of the Rosenbaum family. It was in need of maintenance and updates, as would be expected. It came into the possession of the city of Florence in 1999 and after an extensive renovation was opened to the public a few years later. This is the only Wright structure in Alabama, and I am thankful to the City of Florence and the countless volunteers who worked to save this specimen. We finally had a chance to visit the home a few weeks ago.
I had been to Fallingwater and some of the homes in Chicago, as well as two other Usonians, so I knew what to expect. What was interesting was coming to the realization that the home is simply one of dozens in a regular residential neighborhood . . . with a giant Elementary School building next door. It makes the house seem small, in a way. But it is wonderful, nonetheless.
I highly recommend you make the trip, if you can. It's a nice drive, and you can have lunch at Rosie's Cantina!
This was originally a play yard for the Rosenbaum's four boys, but after they were grown, the couple converted it into a Japanese garden. This will be my inspiration for the reimagination of our indoor garden. Of late, it had become a repository for wayward, huge houseplants. I think something more pared down is in order.
And a few shots from our kitchen. The Zodiaq Papyrus countertop is in place. Robot says yay!!!