Marvels Of Design Excellence! Frank Lloyd Wright Style Home

by Katie on July 10, 2011

Toto, I don’t think we are in Richardson anymore… :)

 A few months back my husband took me to see a very rare Frank Lloyd Wright style home located in the prestigious Dallas neighborhood of Bluff View.  As lover of architecture, I was super excited to tour this home and I wanted to share with you a few pictures of this unique residence. This amazing home was designed by a husband and wife team John and Kay Rattenbury. Architect John Rattenbury was an apprentice under Wright and senior architect at Taliesin West. The home’s interior designer, Kay Rattenbury, had lived and studied with the Wrights since she was 14 years old. The result is a stunning residence that is as close to a Frank Lloyd Wright house as one could possibly achieve.  Click on the link to read more about Frank Lloyd Wright’s  Taliesin West http://www.franklloydwright.org/fllwf_web_091104/Home.html

Front of home – The roof line appears to go on forever. The home is 4124  square feet but because of its long and low shape, it appears much larger.

Fantastic Brady Bunch-esque original concept drawing of the rear elevation. (I am sure Mike Brady would have approved!)

Rear elevation- The home is very secluded and you can see the vast expanse of land it sits on. Really beautiful!

Back elevation of home - you can see the vast expance of land it sits on

 Close up of the rear elevation and large angling patio area. I love the stone walls and built-in stone flower pots.
 
Close up of the rear elevation huge patio area
 

Gorgeous pool and hot tub areas. The rear patio is very unique as it multi-leveled. You step down about 6 steps to get the pool area from the patio above. On left land side of this picture, next to the hot tub is the guest house and pool bath.

 One of the many cool things about this house is the use of turquoise blue for the trim and fencing. It coordinates very well with the patinaed copper gutters on the home.

Every piece of furniture in the home was custom made for it. While the original furnishings appear a bit dated the home itself is not. It is truly a stunner!

In true mid-century style, many of the walls in the home are made of this beautiful solid linear stone.

This exceptional Frank Lloyd Wright-style home has an unsurpassed pedigree for those who appreciate Wright’s work. Whether or not Frank Lloyd Wright is your style, this home is a rare and architecturally significant find! And good news, it’s for sale! You too could own this home for a mere $1,499,000. Hummm, I wonder if they’ll take a check?? 😉

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Thanks for reading!

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kristie@thedecorologist July 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Katie,
You had me at “Frank Lloyd Wright”! Amazing home. Love how that turquoise reflects in that pool. I toured Taliesen West while visiting Phoenix in February, and it blew me away. Unfortunately, FLW’s homes were/are notorious for horribly leaky roofs – wonder if that Dallas one has had the same? Thanks for sharing :)

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Katie July 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Thanks Kristie! I know, the use of turquoise paint on this home is so amazing!
I am not sure if this home has the same issues as TW, but I know that most of the structures he built are plagued with massive structural problems. I guess it was beauty and form over function! While in college, I studied much of his architecture and read bios about his life… He was a fascinating person, but it seems he was also not the nicest man either! If TMZ existed back then he would have been headline news!! He was rittled with scandal!

=)

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Barbara Fleischer July 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Katie…
Very interesting. Thank you for sharing and educating me ♥

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Katie July 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Thanks for reading!

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Jen and Jake July 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm

What a cool home!! I love it— ♥

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Katie July 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm

It’s pretty amazing! :)

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