Wright-Inspired Tiny Home Resurfaces in Indiana Town

Wright-inspired tiny home resurfaces in indiana town
A new rendering of the Peters-Margedant House, done in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright renderings from the ’30s.

Preservationists want to restore the Peters-Margedant House, a prototype of Usonian design

From the street, the Peters-Margedant House doesn’t necessarily scream landmark. Set back from the road, the small, the diamond-shaped home at 1506 East Indiana Avenue in Evansville, Indiana, merely stands out from the row of modest bungalows that line the the block. Covered in worn out oak panels, the modest, 552-square foot dwelling may seem like nothing more than an aging oddity in the Rosedale neighborhood. But as a group of architects and preservationists working to restore the home have found, this eccentric cottage and proto-tiny house offers perhaps the earliest example of Usonian-style architecture, a vision of residential construction and planning for the common man that was a passion of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Built in 1935 by noted architect and Wright protege William Wesley Peters, the structure pre-dates Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1937 Jacobs House, often considered the first Usonian design. Wright’s Usonian concept, the basis of roughly 60 homes he built across the country, prioritized the affordable, functional, and beautiful, aiming to make stunning architecture attainable to the common man. But often, these designer homes for the middle class cost significantly more than the competition. What’s striking about Peters’s design for this tiny workingman’s cottage is that due to its size and simple materials, it may have achieved the Usonian ideal on a modest budget. […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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