A Usonian house, the Brandes Residence is one of about 50 single-family homes Wright designed with the intention of being affordable for a middle-class family. Built in 1952, it's approximately 1,900 square feet.
But never mind. We are satisfied to be inspired by the cutouts in the clerestory windows that allow light to dapple the interior in kaleidoscopic designs, or glow from inside at night to decorate the exterior like a kid's nightlight.
We are also enamoured by the art against the masonry walls, not to mention the heated red concrete floor and Wright's original freestanding and built-in redwood furniture.
This is one of only three Wright-designed buildings in Washington, and it is listed on the National and State Register of Historic Structures.
Images: Dan DeLong, Alan Weintraub
Reposted from 8.7.07