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Weltzheimer/Johnson House, Oberlin

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Weltzheimer/Johnson House is a Usonian style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oberlin, Ohio. Now owned by Oberlin College, it is operated as part of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. The house was originally named the Charles Weltzheimer Residence.
The first of nine Usonian homes to be built in Ohio, the house bears the typical features of the Usonian style: brick construction, an "L" shaped plan, a flat roof with large overhangs and a carport. The Weltzheimer house is, however, unusual in a number of respects. It is the only Usonian built outside of California that used redwood in its construction. The unusually elaborate curvilinear motifs in the panels in the clerestory are unique to this house. Wright himself also created a detailed landscape plan for the property.
The Weltzheimer/Johnson House stands as another expression of Wright's answer to the demand for beautiful and affordable middle-class homes in post-World War II America. Pairing innovation with basic owner-builder construction materials and techniques, the concepts of organic architecture evolved into these Usonian characteristics: a flowing floor plan with distinct public and private wings, a grid-patterned concrete slab floor with radiant heat, a flat roof and cantilevered carport, masonry fireplace mass, board and batten walls with simple built-in furniture, and tall glass walls and doors opening to the landscape.
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  • This is an interesting example of a ranch style house designed in 1947 by Frank Lloyd Wright & completed by 1949. You really get a feel for Wright’s minimalist utilitarian style and his love for...  more »
  • We got to drop in as part of Parents Weekend of Oberlin College. My husband has been fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian style homes for some time and we were excited to take the tour. Home.....  more »
  • I love Frank Lloyd Wright! This is a lovely little house & well preserved. The presenter was very knowledgeable & passionate about the house & history. I don't recommend going during very hot & humid weather if one is sensitive to heat, though. Very close quarters & no AC.
  • The curators of this beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright run excellent tours and did a phenomenal job fielding our questions! It's an amazing property kept in very good condition when you stop to consider the depths of an Ohio winter. Well worth the stop!

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