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Dorothy Turkel Residence

Detroit, Michigan

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1955. 4,300 square foot two story Usonian Automatic.

From About.com:

The word Usonia is an abbreviation for United States of North America. Frank Lloyd Wright aspired to create a democratic, distinctly American style that was affordable for the “common people.”

Abandoned and left open for years, now being remodeled. (my choice of words over “restored”)


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9 Responses to Usonian Automatic

  • Yeah, Model D painstakingly missed some details in their article.

  • An article in the June 2008 issue of Model D talks about the “$1.2 million renovation that has painstakingly returned the home to the architect’s original vision.”

  • This project has been mentioned in the news recently, but no photos. What a treat seeing all those amazing square windows.

  • this was abandoned?
    i thought Studs Turkel lived here (til he died recently)…?

    shows how much i paid attention.

  • I didnt say it wasnt great to save the building, I just said the remodeled it rather than restoring it.

    Its crazy that there is actually a FLR home right there on 7 Mile Road.

  • Well, at least someone is doing something with it instead of letting it rot like the rest of the city.

  • “Why remodeled over restored”

    Because they chose to remodel the interiors rather than restore them.

    The difference is inherent in the words; but for remodeling you shitcan the original design and slap a plasma screen on the wall next to your jacuzzi. For restoration, you try to recreate the original vision as closely as possible.

  • Why remodeled over restored

  • He has been gone for 50 years but FLW is still ahead of his time. Please follow this one and let us know how it progresses.

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