Lowell Walter House, Quasqueton, Iowa, Frank Lloyd Wright, and a Woman from Los Angeles

Frank Lloyd Wright is without doubt one of the most recognizable names in American Architecture.  That said, although I do admire his work…he has never been my favorite.  Over the years I have been to many of his buildings, both public and private, but the Usonian home at Quasqueton is now one of my favorites.

Usonian; I learned that this was an attempt to brand a new type of architecture.  It sounds like a philosophy, but it meant United States Only; this was a style of architecture that was developed in the USA and would represent America’s new power and style.

The Lowell Walter House is modest in size.  It was designed during a time of tremendous growth in our nation.  The Usonian style was intended to be affordable, yet gracious, and to allow us to live better lives through better design.  

As with most of Wrights Structures, it was not inexpensive, but it is wonderful.  It is one of Wrights most complete pieces.  Most everything in the house was designed by Wright and  his coveted Signature Tile, is on proud display.  The tile indicated that Wright himself was happy with how the project turned out.

Did you know that Wright kept keys to the residences he designed?  From time to time Wright would visit and rearrange things to his original specifications!  

The setting for this house is beautiful, the lines of the structure sublime, the lighting in the house fantastic, but my favorite part of this house are the chairs in the dining room.  They actually look comfortable!  Too many times I have seen, form has not followed function, in Wrights furniture.  I even got to sit on one…and it was comfortable…maybe even a little too comfortable for a dining table!  I am not so sure about the angle of the back of the chair when you are eating soup…but for looking out the window or talking, it was perfect.  The dining area is pretty amazing too.  With a minimum of effort, parts slide out, open-up and convert to accommodate two for breakfast or a dinner party.  

The Lowell Walter House was completed in 1950 and looks just as if the Walter’s have stepped out for a few moments.  It is well worth a visit.  Good to know that Wright moved with the times…his bathrooms were engineering triumphs and this house did have closets!

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Studio Daedre is the result of an inspired woman following her artistic vision. Daedre, the designer behind Studio Daedre, has always been happiest creating something (drawing, painting, knitting, cooking ... ). In middle school she discovered the medium of linoleum block prints. Soon there after she started designing her own hand carved linoleum print Christmas cards. Little did she know those cards would eventually evolve into her family owned enterprise of clean and sophisticated gift and stationery products. Daedre began hand printing her own line of linoleum block print cards and stationery products. These linoleum prints have evolved into today's clean and sophisticated designs which offer a wider color palette and allow greater attention to detail, than her original designs. Each of her current designs are hand embellished pieces of art. What started as a young girl's creative spirit and personal gifts to her friends has developed into a successful family run and operated business. Studio Daedre is committed to producing superior quality products with a unique handmade touch while reducing our environmental footprint. She has been honored multiple times for her creative excellence in the greeting card industry as a Louie Award Finalist. Daedre currently lives in California with her husband and daughter and is planning to take her products to the next level.
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