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Herman T. Mossberg House

Wright was forced to adapt the design of the Mossberg House from one story to two due to neighborhood zoning requirements.

Built

1948

Client

Herman T. Mossberg and his wife Gertrude

Address

1404 Ridgedale Rd.

Status

Privately owned.

By placing a tower above the workspace at one end of the plan, the Mossbergs’ daughter’s bedroom and bathroom upstairs at the other end, and a balcony facing the street, Wright successfully provided the family with “a one-story home that looks like a two-story home.” The house is anchored by a graceful living room and manages to incorporate some Prairie-style elements, while keeping the Belden brick, Tidewater Red Cypress and radiant-heated concrete floors characteristic of the best Usonian homes. Owned by the grandsons of the original clients, the Mossberg House is among Wright’s best-maintained and preserved examples of Wright’s mature Usonian style.

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