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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  • My wife and I found this Usonian warmer and more personalized than some we've seen. It has a sunken living room and raised dining area which provides the illusion of more space than if there was just ...  more »
  • No regular hours so need to check on line schedule for tours. Very interesting history of family who lived there and their relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright.  more »
  • This review is written well after the visit - so may be short on specifics. However, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Samara. It feels the most "home-like" of any of he FLW places we've visited - pe...  more »
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  • Thanks for the tour Linda! Top marks for knowledgeable guide and venue. Great and friendly atmosphere to enjoy FLW's creation in West Lafayette.
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