The John and Catherine Christian House-SAMARA, West Lafayette

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Samara, also known as the John E. Christian House, is a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright located in West Lafayette, Indiana. The home is an example of the Usonian homes that Wright designed. Samara was built from 1954 to 1956 and was still occupied by the original owner, John E. Christian, until he died on July 12, 2015.HistoryIn 1950 John and Kay Christian decided to build a home near Purdue University where they both worked, John as a pharmaceutical chemistry professor and Kay as the social director for the university. After much discussion they had a decision that Wright was the architect who suited the ideals for their home. Not knowing how to proceed, John phoned Wright directly at his office and was surprisingly able to speak directly to the famed architect. Over the next six years they worked together both with meetings in West Lafayette, Indiana and at Taliesin, Wright's summer home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The home was named after the samara which Wright spotted on the property during his first visit. He worked a stylized design of chevron-shaped leaves throughout the design of the home including the clerestory windows, dining chairs and the living room rug. These designs, nicknamed The Winged Seed, are located on the perforated upper windows and were also used on the Bachman Wilson Usonian home. The house was built to entertain the family's college students; the living room was designed for 50 people. It featured a long couch and room for sitting on the stairs.
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  • July 25, 2017
    The setting, exterior and interior of this house are all quite beautiful! There are too many classic FLW Usonian characteristics in this little gem to list them all here. It is definitively Wrightian ...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    I fail to understand the popularity of Frank Loyd Wright who never saw a design he couldn't turn into a leaky roof and an uncomfortable experience for a person over 5'10". This house is even less spec...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Contact first by email as early as possible to join a tour group: $10 adults well worth it. Enter and sit in living room for a very good introduction to FLW and his architectural philosophy and geniou...  more »
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  • November 24, 2016
    Thanks for the tour Linda! Top marks for knowledgeable guide and venue. Great and friendly atmosphere to enjoy FLW's creation in West Lafayette.
  • July 31, 2016
    Frank Lloyd Wright house
  • April 9, 2016
    Awesome place

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