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Wednesday, September 11,2013

EYE CANDY OF THE WEEK

Goetsch-Winckler House

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Properties: Frank Lloyd Wright home tour, Okemos

Houses are one of the most private architectural typologies and everyone loves to sneak a peek. It’s hard to pass up a look at interiors typically off-limits to the public, especially Frank Lloyd Wright houses.

Sure you can visit private-homes-turnedmuseums — such as the Meyer May House in Grand Rapids, the Robie House in Chicago, or Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pa. — but let’s face it: It’s far more satisfying when houses are still occupied as private residences. For that, there are the Goetsch-Winckler, Donald Schaberg and Erling Brauner houses in Okemos.

The Okemos collection is a special breed of Wright. The houses are three of only 60 Usonian houses, a term coined by Wright to describe his affordable designs for the common American. And the homes are open to the public for a rare tour from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, hosted by the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition in partnership with the Junior League of Lansing. The group will meet at Dusty’s Celler, 1839 W. Grand River Ave. in Okemos, at noon. A reception following the tour is also at Dusty’s. For more information and to buy tickets, visit glhc.org or call (517) 372-5980.

This is a chance to experience our local Wright architecture in person. See how they still embrace our modern and Midwestern sensibilities over half a century later.

— Amanda Harrell-Seyburn Editor’s note: Amanda Harrell-Seyburn has covered architecture and urbanism in greater Lansing for the past four years as the weekly contributor to Eyesore/Eye Candy of the Week. Harrell-Seyburn will take a break as she pursues her architecture license at Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects. City Pulse welcomes East Lansing architect Dan Bollman as her replacement.

“Eye Candy of the Week” is our look at some of the nicer properties in Lansing. It rotates with Eyesore of the Week.

If you have a suggestion, please e-mail eye@lansingcitypulse. com or call Andy Balaskovitz at 999-5064.

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