An architect and an heiress leave their mark on Springfield
Travels with Deb
September 13, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.
...by DEBBIE STONE
Wright’s body of work is immense. He is responsible for over 400 buildings in 36 states and in Japan, Canada and Egypt. I’ve been fortunate to have seen a few of his creations over the years and recently, I added another one to my list.
With the blank check commission, Wright could make his own visions a reality and put an exclamation point on his contributions to architectural innovation. The project cost approximately $60,000 at a time when an eight-room brick residence would have cost $4,000. And a six-room frame house, $1,500.
One of Wright’s concessions to Dana was a Victorian style sitting room. Dana requested he create this space for her mother because her mother was fond of this type of design. As the architect deplored anything Victorian, he purposely made the room the darkest and most uncomfortable place in the house. He wanted to deter people from spending any time there.