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A Frank Lloyd Wright house in Ohio has joined more than a dozen of private residences designed by the master architect that are currently for sale, not including Wright homes that have been spared demolition, such as the Staircase Home last year in Phoenix. The twist is that this newly-listed gem comes complete with custom furniture designed for the home.
Listed for $1.788 million, the offering at 6980 Knoll Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237 marks the first time that the Gerald B. Tonkens House has ever been offered for sale. The house was built in 1955 by Wright’s grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright, using the celebrated Usonian design theme that aimed to make post-Depression housing cost-effective by not including basements, attics or ornamentation. Instead, the simplicity of the design was the point — and the appeal.
But utility and simplicity have been embellished in this particular Wright home: The 3,100-square-foot property is decked out with custom cabinetry made of Philippine mahogany, a generous hearth and gilded ceilings. And like most every one of Wright’s homes, the dwelling fits seamlessly onto the parcel, giving the home tremendous privacy. In addition to the historically important dwelling, the 4-acre property also includes a separate cottage/studio.
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