Samara: The Realization of a Usonian Dream 

Indianapolis Art Center

4 stars

In the 1930s the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, like the modern day Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, started designing homes for people of modest means. Wright's Usonian homes are stripped down versions of his Prairie Style homes (Prairie style houses are made from natural materials, blend into their environments, and are precursors of the popular Ranch Style house.) Extreme Makeover homes are mega-mansions by those standards. The exhibit focuses on the Samara house, built in 1954 for John E. Christian and his wife Catherine, who still live there. The exhibit features extensive Samara blueprints and drawings, furniture and lamps designed for this house, as well as housewares and decorative objects specifically obtained by Wright and

his associates to match the personalities of the inhabitants. This

exhibit gives you a glimpse of Wright's many facets; architect,

designer, philosopher. Tours of the Samara house, located in West

Lafayette, IN., can be scheduled by visiting

http://www.samara-house.org/welcome.htm Through Aug 1; 317-255-2464,

www.indplsartcenter.org.

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