Looking for Usonia : preserving Frank Lloyd Wright's post-1935 residential designs as generators of cultural landscapes

dc.contributor.author Brown, William
dc.date 2019-07-10T02:33:36.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T08:12:08Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T08:12:08Z
dc.date.copyright Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2006
dc.date.issued 2006-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses, relatively modest single-family residences built between 1935 and 1964, pose unique challenges for 21st century preservationists. First, while often individually and locally celebrated, they are diffused across the U.S. landscape. As such, they are less likely to be collectively recognized as objects of study, cultural significance, and/or economic development. Second, their geographical distribution prevents fully leveraging proven preservation tools such as historic district designations. Third, their modest physical scales place them at risk for demolition or removal in favor of more spacious and luxurious residences. This research posits that a preserved Usonian house can be regarded as an object that both represents and generates social discourse. These sets of beliefs and assumptions regarding the geography, history, politics, and economics surrounding an object, make up a cultural landscape. This research involves the case study investigation of eight Usonian structures currently preserved as house museums or vacation rental properties. After identifying and exploring the cultural landscapes generated by each, the paper concludes with a set of recommended practices for the preservation of similar sites.</p>
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dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/72941
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject.keywords Architectural Studies
dc.title Looking for Usonia : preserving Frank Lloyd Wright's post-1935 residential designs as generators of cultural landscapes
dc.type article
dc.type.genre thesis
dspace.entity.type Publication
thesis.degree.discipline Architectural Studies
thesis.degree.level thesis
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
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