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Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum House, Frank Lloyd Wright 1939, 1948

Posted by George Pudlo on January 4, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Exterior of the Rosenbaum House



Exterior of the Rosenbaum House, Street View



Interior of the Rosenbaum House


Rosenbaum House

601 Riverview Drive

Florence, AL 35630


The Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum House was one of the first Usonian Houses to be executed after Frank Lloyd Wright's 1936 prototype, the Herbert Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin. The Rosenbaum House is the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed structure in Alabama. The Rosenbaums were thrilled to have Wright as their architect, and very pleased with the outcome of their Usonian House. The house was designed in 1939, and the Rosenbaums moved in near the end of 1940. It originally contained 1,540 square feet, but by the arrival of the Rosenbaums fourth son in 1948, they commissioned Wright to add an addition. This 1,084 square foot project added a larger working space, guest bedroom, and dormitory for the Rosenbaums, and almost doubled the size of their home. 


Wright handled the interior design of the Rosenbaum House, as was typical of the architect. The floor is made of a deep, red concrete with built in heating pipes to warm the house. The walls are faced with exposed red brick complementing the floor, and built in wooden shelves with a board and batten pattern. The furnishings emphasize the modernity of the house and add a splashes of bright colors. The living room features geometric arm chairs and armless chairs, with turquoise cushions. The chairs in the dining area complement those in the living room, but on a smaller scale with a lemon hue. Ribbons of floor to ceiling glass French doors open the interior views and provide a maximum of natural light in the Rosenbaum House. Clerestory windows accentuate the interior lighting and add to the unique spatial dimension of the home. Wright dropped the ceilings and added wooden panels with carved openings for artificial light from above, a feature he first employed in his Oak Park Home + Studio


The house stayed in the Rosenbaum family until 1999, when Mildred Rosenbaum moved into a nursing home. She had given thousands of personal tours of the house to curious visitors. The aging Rosenbaum House sustained damage from water and termites, and when the City of Florence acquired the Rosenbaum House in 1999, they had to pour more than $600,000 into the property for restoration. This was assisted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West, which offered use of the original plans by Frank Lloyd Wright. Dozens of volunteers were involved with the restoration, and money was raised from a one cent sales tax. The Rosenbaum House is now a house museum open to the public as a testament to Frank Lloyd Wright's genius.


Special thanks to Wright in Alabama, operators of the museum, for providing the photographs of the Rosenbaum House.


 

Interior of the Rosenbaum House



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