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Louis Penfield House

2203 River Rd.
Willoughby Hills  Ohio  44094
United States
(440) 942-9996
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Midwest Living Review

Complement a visit to busy Cleveland with a stay in a quiet Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home.

Many of Wright's residential designs open to the public are museums or for touring only. Not so at the Penfield House, which nestles on 30 wooded acres about 15 miles east of Cleveland. Guests (up to five) rent the entire house and live in the fully equipped three-bed, one-and-a-half bath home as if it were their own. Towels, linens and kitchen equipment are provided; you just need to bring food (and your camera; the house is serene and elegant). While you're not relaxing in "your" Wright home, you can fish in the Chagrin River that runs through the property, hike in the woods, visit Lake Erie's vineyards and wineries or the nearby Holden Arboretum. The Penfield House, built in 1955, is one of Wright's Usonian designs, simple and affordable homes for average citizens. Like every Usonian house, Penfield is site-specific and tailored to the clients for whom it was built. The house was commissioned by Louis Penfield, an artist and high school art instructor, and his wife, Pauline. Because Louis was 6 feet, 8 inches tall, the doorways and ceilings are higher than in other Wright homes. Tall, slender ribbon windows enhance the height of the space. The main level consists of kitchen and living area with floor-to-ceiling windows; a floating staircase leads to the three bedrooms on the second floor. Rental rate is $275 per night, with a two-night minimum.

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