Usonia Historic District was a planned community and is now a national historic district located in Town of Mount Pleasant, adjacent to the village of Pleasantville, Westchester County, New York. In 1945, a 100-acre (0.40 km2) rural tract was purchased by a cooperative of young couples from New York City, who were able to enlist Frank Lloyd Wright to build his Broadacre City concept. Wright decided where each house should be placed. Wright designed three homes himself and approved architectural plans of the other 44, which were designed by such architects as Paul Schweikher, Theodore Dixon Bower, Ulrich Franzen, Kaneji Domoto, Aaron Resnick and David Henken – an engineer and Wright apprentice.Plan a trip to Pleasantville easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
The layout of the neighborhood was planned by Wright in a circular manner, preserving most of the original trees and "encouraging the flow of the land". The balance of the homes were decreed to be in the modern "organic" style ordained by Wright. The community was named "Usonia" in homage to Wright, whose ideas on the way Americans should live together guided their plan.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012 as the Usonia Historic District. The historic district encompasses 43 contributing buildings, 1 contributing site, and 3 contributing structures.
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian homes in Pleasantville are:
Usonia Historic District reviews
This neighborhood with its Frank Lloyd Wright inspired homes is a beautiful place to drive through, though be aware it is private, so I doubt large groups would be welcome. Wright designed 3 of the... more »
The homes are beautiful and we really enjoyed seeing them, but it was disappointing to be chased out by an angry resident. I did a good amount of research before making the 2 hr drive, and the... more »
These are private roads and a private community but sometimes there are tours. One can drive around to glance at Frank Lloyd Wright designs. Small by today's standards, set in a rural base. more »
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