Located in Rockford, Illinois, and designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Laurent House is one of less than 10 hemicycle Usonian homes and the only building Wright designed for a person with a disability. Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent commissioned Wright in 1948 and lived in the home from 1952 until 2012. Considered by Wright to be one of his 38 most important works, calling it his “Little Gem,” the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and opened to the public in 2014.
This one owner Usonian home is a rare mid-century find in pristine condition, complete with original Wright designed furnishings and lighting. Designed for a wheelchair-bound person to move about freely, the home is both functional and breathtaking. Other features include a solar hemicycle floorplan, patio, fishpond, carport, and outdoor connectivity to nature through organic architecture. In Ken Laurent’s own words, “This house helps me focus on my capabilities, not my disability, that is the gift Mr. Wright gave to me.”
Mary Beth Peterson is the Board Vice President and Director of Tours for the Frank Lloyd Wright Laurent House. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rockford University and during the day she can be found using her marketing, writing, and design skills at Larson & Darby Group, one of the largest architecture firms in northern Illinois.
Tuesday, March 16
8pm EST | 7pm CST | 5pm PST
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