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Frank Lloyd Wright House, St. Louis MO

This house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for The Kraus' of St. Louis. Mrs. Kraus passed away and Mr. Kraus could no longer stay in the house, which sits on 11 acres in St. Louis County. The house was saved from the wrecking ball by a group of determined St. Louisans and is now open for tours. The design uses parallelograms throughout, and there are only two right angles in the entire house. Everything else is either a 60 or 120 degree angle.

Unfortunately I was not allowed to take pictures inside the house, which was just stunning. Everything inside was original to the home, including the Wright designed furniture and built in lighting. Even the curtains and upholstery are original, and the wood throughout the house is near perfect. It was like stepping back in time. There are so many built-ins and wall shelves that despite it's smallish size, there is plenty of storage.

Another cool feature is the lighting controls. When you walk in the front door there is a small knob. Turn it once and the entry hall lights go on, click it further and more lights go on. Keep turning it and each click turns on more lights in different parts of the home. The same type of knob is in the bedroom so when they went to bed they could turn the lights out. Very cool.

You can get more information, including the story of the Kraus home, at this link: EBSWORTH PARK. There are small photos at the top of each linked page on the website, including a few of the interior. I wish those pictures were better. There were 3 extremely cool lamps built in, you can see one of them on the website -- click on the Newsletter link, then the on the Spring 2002 newsletter and scroll down. If you're visiting St. Louis and like Wright, this is a must see.

More great photos of this house can be seen here: Better pics
Next to front door.
Next to front door.
Small balcony off Mr. Kraus' studio.
Small balcony off Mr. Kraus' studio.
Wall of doors off family/living room with balcony.  Top right small window is in kitchen.
Wall of doors off family/living room with balcony. Top right small window is in kitchen.
Original brick.  Lights were replaced but match original design.
Original brick. Lights were replaced but match original design.
Point of patio/balcony.
Point of patio/balcony.
Master bedroom window and bedroom's balcony.
Master bedroom window and bedroom's balcony.
Master bedroom window 2.
Master bedroom window 2.
This wood was used inside and out.
This wood was used inside and out.
Wright liked to build homes into the earth in some manner.
Wright liked to build homes into the earth in some manner.
Carport.  Small structure on left is the tool room.  It has a skylight, sink and gorgeous built in cabinets and wall shelves.
Carport. Small structure on left is the "tool room". It has a skylight, sink and gorgeous built in cabinets and wall shelves.
Entry.  The red porch material runs right into and throughout the house for flooring.
Entry. The red porch material runs right into and throughout the house for flooring.
You can't see the front door until you're right on it because of that small pointy wall.
You can't see the front door until you're right on it because of that small pointy wall.
These lights are all over, inside and out.
These lights are all over, inside and out.
Small windows that run the entire length of one side of the house.
Small windows that run the entire length of one side of the house.
Carport area.
Carport area.