Barking in style: the Frank Lloyd Wright doghouse.
American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed hundreds of buildings during his career, among them the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Fallingwater home in Pennsylvania. He also designed a doghouse.
In 1956, Wright agreed to design a doghouse at the request of a 12-year-old boy. The boy was Jim Berger, and he needed a home for his black Labrador, Eddie. Wright had designed his family's home in San Anselmo, California. In his letter, Berger wrote:
"I would appreciate it if you would design me a doghouse, which would be easy to build, but would go with our house. ... [My dog] is two and a half feet high and three feet long. The reason I would like this doghouse is for the winters, mainly."
Berger explained that he would pay Wright from the money he made from his paper route.
Wright sent the plans — at no charge.
The doghouse was built in 1963, but eventually landed on the dump because his mother didn't have a dog and saw no value in it. Berger later rebuilt the doghouse using the original plans.
Berger and his Frank Lloyd Wright-designed doghouse feature in a documentary called Romanza by Michael Miner.
"A 12-year-old kid having the chutzpah to write a letter to the greatest architect of all time and having him design something as modest as a doghouse: I just knew it was a great story," said Miner.
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