The utopian community of Usonia is located near Pleasantville, New York. Here, after World War II, a group of idealistic men and women enlisted Frank Lloyd Wright to design and help them create a cooperative community based on Wright’s ideals. Wright invented the name “Usonia,” to convey his concept of the “United States of North America.”

Join Tour Leader, Justin Ferate, who has arranged for special permission to visit this little-known private community. Not only did Frank Lloyd Wright design Usonia’s plot plan, but he also designed three houses. Part of the community’s agreement was that the other houses would be Usonian in style (by Wright-inspired and Wright-trained architects) and that Wright would be involved in the approval process.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Usonian” houses were an extension of his late 1930s Prairie Style houses, but were designed for the middle class. Servants’ quarters, garages, attics and basements disappeared. Low, roof-height windows faced the street for privacy. Out of public view, floor-to-ceiling windows often formed entire walls of glass. Terraces off these windowed walls linked the interior to the exterior spaces. Enormous fireplaces warmed high-ceilinged living rooms, while dining alcoves and galley kitchens provided economy and efficiency. Smaller bedrooms created a quiet zone away from the grand scale of the public areas. Elongated one-level homes respectfully nestled into their building sites. Frank Lloyd Wright’s concepts would lead to the creation of the American ranch-style house.

On the neighborhood stroll, we will view at least two of the three Wright-designed homes and a selection of the 44 other homes designed by Wright disciples. During our walking tour, we will also meet long-time Usonia resident Johanna Cooper for a tour of her home by Kaneji Domoto, designer of five houses in Usonia. We will also meet with Roland Reisley, who with his wife Ronni, commissioned a house by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Date: Sunday September 30, 2012
Time: 9:45 AM  to approximately 6:30 PM
Cost: $ 125: Advance Registration
Meet: Hotel Waldorf=Astoria: Meet on Lexington Avenue, between East 49th and East 50th Streets. There are restrooms available at the hotel. For coffee lovers, there is a Starbuck’s at 48th Street and Lexington Avenue.
Train: 6 Train to 51st Street (at Lexington Avenue)
Tours operate rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. For more information or to confirm meeting locations please call (212) 223-2777. Please note that tours sometimes run late. While tours are rarely cancelled you can call the number above to confirm, or join our mailing list to keep informed of cancellations due to extreme weather conditions.
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