8 Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Homes You Can Sleep In

Eric Hanson of Hanson
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Opening the door to a Frank Lloyd Wright house is like walking into a work of art. Floor-to-ceiling windows, vast open space, an uncluttered floor plan, and varying ceiling heights work together to create what Wright himself described as “a thing of beauty.” A handful of Frank Lloyd Wright–designed homes can be booked for overnight stays. Of course, availability is limited and most homes require a two-night minimum stay, plus you'll likely have to reserve several months in advance. Still, all the hassle will be worth it for a couple of nights in these gorgeous homes.

By Kristan Schiller

Eric Hanson of Hanson
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Louis Penfield House

WHERE: Willoughby, Ohio

A three-bedroom Usonian home in wooded Willoughby (about half an hour east of Cleveland), the Louis Penfield House was rehabbed in the early 2000’s by the initial owner’s son and his wife. Set on preserving the ambiance of a house rather than fostering the atmosphere of a museum, the Penfields don’t give daily tours. To see it, you must actually live in it. Rates start at $275 per night for up to five people.

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Kit Hogan

Seth Peterson Cottage

WHERE: Lake Delton, Wisconsin

This tiny one-bedroom cottage—which boasts a wall of windows overlooking Wisconsin’s Mirror Lake—was one of Wright’s last commissions. In 1989, a group of local residents formed a grass-roots campaign to undertake a $300,000 restoration, finished in 1992, the 125th anniversary of Wright’s birth. Rental rates start at $250 per night for a maximum of four people, though the property sleeps two comfortably.

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Courtesy of Polymath Park

Duncan House

WHERE: Acme, Pennsylvania

Lovingly moved from its original Illinois location and rebuilt by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in Pennsylvania—about half an hour from the “tourable” Fallingwater—Duncan House shares the 100-acre Polymath Park with three other homes for rent, designed by Wright’s protégés. With its secluded setting off a country road, horizontal red stripes on a yellow exterior and cathedral-ceiling living room, this house is quintessential Wright. Nightly rates for the three-bedroom home start at $435 depending on the number of guests.

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Courtesy of The Schwartz House

Bernard Schwartz House

WHERE: Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Also known as Still Bend, the sparkling Bernard Schwartz House boasts wraparound seating, geometrically patterned clerestory windows, and a towering interior balcony. Another odd but interesting feature; this historic home is thought to have the oldest, continuously operating in-floor heating system in the U.S. Nightly rates start for this four-bedroom home, which sleeps a maximum of eight, start at $295 per night.

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Claudiu Voichin

Emil Bach House

WHERE: Chicago, Illinois

Originally designed in 1915 for the president of a brick company, this compact, two-story, Prairie-style home not far from Lake Michigan foreshadowed Wright's sparse Usonian style of the 1940's and 50's. Purchased and restored in 2011 by a staunch preservationist, the home has a cantilevered roof, landscaped flowerbeds, and a tiny teahouse adjacent to the garage. Nightly rates for this stunningly-restored home on Chicago's Far North Side start at $995 per night.

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Peter Plunkett

Elam House

WHERE: Austin, Minnesota

One of Wright's largest Usonian homes, Elam House features limestone piers, floor to ceiling fireplaces and over 100 windows through which to view the rolling Minnesota countryside.  Completed in 1951, Elam House is one of only four Wright homes in southern Minnesota. The home now operates as an 8-bedroom guesthouse with nightly rates starting at $225 per night.

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Juliana Cerra

Palmer House

WHERE: Ann Arbor, Michigan

This 2,000-square foot home was commissioned by William and Mary Palmer in 1950 and is considered to be the most architecturally-important home in Ann Arbor. The home was purchased in 2009 by a married couple who graduated from the University of Michigan and opened the home to visitors. With treed views from every room, a triangular design, and Wright-designed furniture scattered throughout the home, Palmer House is widely considered to be one of the finest of Wright's later commissions.  Nightly rates start at $350.  

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Dave Westover

Arnold Jackson House

WHERE: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Purchased by a young writer in Madison, Wisconsin in 1985 and moved wholesale to this bucolic spot in Beaver Dam, the Arnold Jackson House sits on two acres near Devil's Lake and Horicon Marsh. Rooms in the home can be rented on a bed-and-breakfast basis as a relaxing Wisconsin weekend getaway.  Nightly rates start at $119 per night. 

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