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Wright-Designed Home Suffers Fire Damage

Thursday, September 19, 2019

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Reported last month, a Cincinnati-based, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home caught fire, resulting in roughly $100,000 in damages—a sixth of the home's total value.

The household is one of three in the area designed by the architect.

About the Boulter House

Completed in 1956, the Boulter House was initially designed for scholars Cedric G. Boulter and wife Patricia Neil Boulter by Wright in 1954. The two-story Usonian reveals a ship-like design, filled with African and Filipino mahogany.

The midcentury home also highlights the architect's signature through built-in furniture, strong-lined bookshelves, a cantilevered balcony, concrete blocks and glass expanses. A master suite was also added to the 2,500-square-foot home in 1958.

Some 40 years later in 1999, the Boulter House was added to the National Register of Historic Places, making the location a national landmark.

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, the former owners had spent about 15 years restoring the home to its original Usonian design: updating the kitchen, master bath, various original features, in addition to incorporating modern choices and energy-efficient upgrades to make the house more livable.

The house was sold this past March for $630,000.

The Fire

On the night of Aug. 15, Cincinnati firefighters were alerted by the Boulter House fire alarm system at 9:06 p.m. According to Cincinnati District Fire Chief Robert McWilliams, 40 firefighters reported to the scene and were able to extinguish the fire within 10 minutes.

Reports indicate that as a result of the fire, the front room of the home was badly damaged and that there was significant smoke damage throughout the interior.

No one was injured in the fire, as residents of the home weren’t present when the blaze broke out. Although the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, an investigation is currently underway.

Other Recent Wright News

In June, PaintSquare News reported that the relocation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s RW Lindholm House from Cloquet, Minnesota, had been successfully reassembled in Acme, Pennsylvania—about 1,000 miles from where it was originally built. Crews spent two years and about 9,000 man hours on the home’s reconstruction.

Also reported this summer, in July several works from Wright were recognized and added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The buildings included: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York City; the Hollyhock House, in Los Angeles; the Unity Temple, in suburban Chicago; the Frederick C. Robie House, in Chicago; Taliesin, in Spring Green Wisconsin; the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House, in Madison, Wisconsin; Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, Arizona; and Fallingwater, in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Architects; Architectural history; Architecture; Design; Design - Commercial; Fire; Frank Lloyd Wright; Historic Preservation; Historic Structures; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Safety

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