Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect

The Louis Penfield House, 1955

Willoughby Hills, OH, 44094

The Louis Penfield House is one of about 100 Usonian homes built nationally by Frank Lloyd Wright. Each design was site-specific to take advantage of the view and terrain. The typical Usonian floor plan included small entryways, narrow passages, large central fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows. The designs were also tailored to each individual client, which is why the Penfield House is unique among Wright designs. Louis Penfield was 6'8” tall; the home was designed to accommodate his tall stature. Privately situated on 18.45 wooded acres with approximately 600 feet of Chagrin River frontage, the house is located across from Lake Metroparks' Gully Brook Park, which encompasses a protected forest, creeks and hiking trails. The property is agriculturally zoned and enrolled in the American Tree Farm System under the supervision of the state forester. It has two natural gas wells; one commercial and one residential. Two other income-producing houses are located on the parcel: a historic century home containing two rental units and a charming cottage. An adjoining 10.67 acre parcel is the original building site for Wright's last residential commission. Offers to purchase the entire 30 acre parcel along with the historic opportunity to build Wright's last house will be considered. This architectural gem, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been successfully operated since 2003 as a vacation rental house. Numerous publications have featured the Penfield House; notably, the acclaimed Alan Hess/Alan Weintraub book, “Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses” which features the interior as its frontispiece. It is being offered for sale as either a private residence or an ongoing tourist destination.

  • bedrooms: 3
  • baths: 1.5
  • garage: 0
  • area: 1800 sq. ft.
  • Swimming Pool: N

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