Designed in 1951 by Frank Lloyd Wright and still owned by the original family, the Kinney House offers a rare opportunity to experience firsthand what it would be like to live in Wright’s Usonian non-rectilinear architecture. Wright believed the parallelogram plan, based on "diamond modules" with 60 & 120-degree angles, would create complex spaces that provide a sense of spaciousness within an affordable small footprint. Located in the small town of Lancaster WI, just 50 miles SW of Taliesin.
The house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1951 for Patrick Kinney (a Lancaster, Wisconsin attorney), his wife Margaret, and their three children. Margaret had initially experienced Wright's architecture firsthand while working at Taliesin (just 40 miles from the house and a great day-trip) as an assistant to Wright's sister, and was inspired to commission Wright for their home. Construction was completed in 1953. The original plan consisted of a double hexagonal central core housing the living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, and a bathroom. A linear wing housing two bedrooms and a second bathroom extended from the core. After completion, the arrival of a fourth child necessitated an addition for two more bedrooms and a bathroom. Taliesin Fellow John H. Howe, who had supervised the construction of the original house, designed the addition.
Wright’s lifelong passion to create a “democratic” Usonian-style of architecture is exemplified in the Kinney House. Rising to the challenge of the $15,000 budget, Wright suggested a modest 1500 s.f. modular footprint and concrete block as the primary building material. In an effort to keep costs down and get the local Wisconsin limestone he loved, Patrick Kinney acted as the contractor and took on some of the labor himself - going so far as to dynamite, cut, load and deliver limestone to the site in his 1939 Chevy truck before work most mornings. Consequently, the Kinney house is often referred to as one of Wright’s few “owner built” homes.
When most people think of modular homes they think 90-degree angles, but not Wright, whose genius is on display in the non-rectilinear layout. Wright believed the parallelogram plan - based on "diamond modules" and 60 and 120-degree angles - created interesting spaces that gave people a larger sense of rooms unfolding as they walked around the house. The “diamonds” extend beyond the plan to inform three-dimensional space: the ceiling, the lighting, and the furniture.
Today, when I reflect on the house I remember school children calling it a “space ship,” and the people from all over the world who would simply stop by unannounced hoping to get a peak at Wright’s work. Typically, my parents would invite the strangers in and proudly show them around, often for hours at a time. Building this house was the most defining aspect of my parent’s lives.
You will have access to the entire house, with the exception of one small bedroom storing personal items and the items in the dining room china cabinet.
You can contact me at any time during your stay for assistance.
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- Smoking. Smoking is allowed outdoors only. Fully extinguish and properly dispose of butts.
- Pets. No pets allowed anywhere on the property.
- Children. The Kinney House was built as a family home and all are welcome. We do ask that you closely supervise your children while at the architecturally-significant property. Many of the objects in the house - such as the pottey, built-ins, dishes, paintings and rugs - have personal and historical meaning.
- Off Limits. Please do not use the items in the dining room china cabinet or the areas storing your host’s personal items which are marked “off-limits”.
- Bathtub. Please do not use the bathtub, it is currently being restored. There are two showers for you to use.
- Check In and Out. As an architecturally significant Frank Lloyd Wright building, and a much cherished family home, we ask that all guests to treat the Kinney House with respect for the property owners’ and future guests’ continued enjoyment and the historic preservation of the property. The house will be clean when you arrive. We charge a nominal cleaning fee with each rental. This covers professional, basic cleaning after your departure to prepare for our next guests. It does not cover excessive cleaning that may be required if the property check-out process is not followed.
- Neighborhood. The Kinney House is located in a residential area. Please respect the privacy of neighbors by keeping noise of outside gatherings to a minimum and staying within the perimeter of the yard.
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