Usonian homes were originally designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930’s and were incorporated into the Mid-Century Modern architectural movement. They are designed to be environmentally friendly and incorporate naturally occurring landscape. They are typically single level and have low roofs. Usonian homes feature open living areas with indoor-outdoor living spaces and include natural interior elements.
“The Usonian home should allow for an abundance of natural light that helps to induce a feeling of openness and well-being. Creating very open living space conjoined to outdoor living areas lessens the idea of having either indoor or outdoor space but rather, the two become one. The courtyard/outdoor living area is the intricate, focal point of the design.” -Cliff Scott
Frank Lloyd Wright designed many types of buildings including museums, schools, churches, offices and residences. Wright cared about the community and environment. He created homes by integrating them with the outdoor surroundings. His homes featured low roofs, open floor plans, and nature inspired elements. A few of his famous buildings include: Falling Water, Taliesin, and the Guggenheim Museum.