Summer Sights: The Duncan House

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Another summer site that is now open is the Duncan House, a Usonian design by Frank Lloyd Wright that was moved from Chicago to Polymath Park, a resort near Pittsburgh. Usonian houses were "ypically small, single story dwellings without a garage or much storage, L-shaped to fit around a garden terrace on odd (and cheap) lots, and environmentally-conscious with native materials, flat roofs and large cantilevered overhangs for passive solar heating and natural cooling, natural lighting with clerestory windows, and radiant floor heating (WP)"

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It is the usual sad story: a developer bought it and wanted it out of the way, so it is expensively taken apart and reassembled. At least it found a good home; "It was a major jigsaw puzzle," said Thomas Papinchak, a builder who said he spent "close to seven figures" buying and reassembling the components. Polymath Park is home to three houses designed by Wright or his apprentice Peter Berndtson; three can stay in it for $385 per night. for ::Polymath Park via ::New York Times
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Duncan House before it was moved

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