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Thursday, December 17th, 2009

The Rosenbaum House: Frank Lloyd Wright in Alabama


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3 Comments » | Published in Architecture, Charities, Preserving Modern Architecture  |  3 Comments

1087079401_73ce6a8f19(Photo by flickr member wahlmic.)

If you live in the Southeastern United States and you’d like a good dose of Frank Lloyd Wright, The Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama is awaiting your visit. Designed by FLW and built in 1939 on a budget of $14,000, the house was in a terribly dilapidated state after Mrs. Rosenbaum, moved to a retirement home in 1999. The City of Florence stepped in, bought the property, and spent over $700,000 and several years painstakingly restoring it. Almost all of the furnishings are the original Wright-designed pieces that the Rosenbaums used for decades, and the house is now open to the public for tours. For information about visiting the only FLW Usonian house open to the public in the southeast, or to learn how to become a volunteer there, please visit There is also a great article about the history of the house and the restoration in Preservation.

Speaking of Preservation, if you are looking for worthy causes to donate to as the year comes to an end, consider donating to The National Trust for Historic Preservation. When you become a member, a subscription to Preservation is included and it’s a great magazine.

3210733794_03860ac55fphoto from flickr member alabama tourism department

3210733726_86df8d10ffphoto from flickr member alabama tourism department

2299977400_06c66f10d0from flickr member Parker Anderson

About Becky

Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!



  1. grace says:

    December 17th, 2009 at 8:32 pm (#)

    hi! i stumbled across your blog on houzz when i noticed you went to UVA. although i didin’t go there, I was born in VA, and my husbands family all went there, including his grandfather who has a scholarship fund under his name in Architecture. I’m excited to have found you and look forward to checking out your blog:)

  2. Becky says:

    December 17th, 2009 at 11:16 pm (#)

    Hi Grace, nice to meet you! I miss Virginia so much – I wound up staying in Charlottesville for eleven years but I live in Atlanta now. That is so neat that your husband’s grandfather has a scholarship in his name – I think that’s such a wonderful way to give, and lord knows UVa can use the money as the state itself barely makes a donation to running the joint these days – I think they cover something like 8% of the expenses or something crazy like that!

    Everyone is so busy at Design Public right now that I seem like a one-woman show over here, but we have other team members contributing to the blog from time to time. Thanks for linking over and for introducing yourself!


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