Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home

2014 Exhibit Dates
Jan 14 To Mar 29

What is the experience of building and living in a home designed by America's greatest architect? How do you live in a work of art? Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home explores the relationship between an architect and his clients, Dr. John and Kay Christian, as they worked together to create one family's definition of an American dream home. Told through the juxtaposition of original objects and furniture, architectural fragments, rare archival materials, historic photographs, and video footage, this exhibit explores the creation of a Wright house made into a family home. Samara was constructed between 1954 and 1956 in West Lafayette, Indiana, and was based on Wright's Usonian houses-modest-sized, affordable, environmentally sensitive dwellings-of which Wright created over one hundred designs. Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara offers visitors a unique behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an architectural masterpiece.

Samara Dining room. Digital image courtesy of Samara, photo by Alexander Vertikoff.