Frank Lloyd Wright Affleck House Tour
Friday, March 31, 2017
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Arrival and Check-in
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Tour
Join us for a special tour of the first Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW)-designed house built in the Detroit metropolitan area. The Gregor S. & Elizabeth B. Affleck House, constructed in 1941 in Bloomfield Hills, was listed as a Registered National Historic Building before it was 50 years old. The house represents one of the finest examples of the architect’s Usonian style – the last great period of Wright’s career – when his goal was to fill a need for low-cost housing for the average American. Inspired by Wright’s Falling Water House in Pennsylvania, the Affleck’s requested him to design their new home. Wright responded by directing Gregor and Elizabeth to find a beautiful site which others may have considered “unbuildable” and then he proceeded to design a unique house in harmony with nature and the home’s steep hillside site.
One of our tour’s acting docents, Professor Janice K. Means (past Chair of the ESD Affiliate Council) and a member of the LTU Affleck House Restoration Committee, shared: “Lawrence Tech has an ongoing project to restore this amazing house with its treed site. Now we wish to share this gem with the community.” She added, “I know of no other FLW house where attendees are invited to sit in original Wright-designed chairs and take personal photos within the house.”
Attendees will experience a few of FLW’s innovations in this house—his use of the then exotic material we know today as plywood for much of the home’s furniture, the use of combined floor mounted operable ‘windows’ and high clerestory windows to enhance natural cooling, indirect lighting from cove-mounted luminaires, a cleverly concealed half bath tucked into minimal space, a surprising amount of built-in storage space and radiant heating from hot water running through cast iron pipes in the floor which is still in use today.
Due to the historical status and intimate nature of the House, many rooms and passageways are very narrow and therefore the house is not wheelchair accessible. Limited photography, for personal use only, is permitted. In consideration of our other guests, handheld cameras only, no tripods or flash photography.
More information about the house can be found at: www.ltu.edu/affleck_house/
COST: $25 for ESD Members; non-members can join ESD for $99 and attend the tour free. (This offer is for new, first-time members only.)
Tour Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours in advance in order to
receive a refund.
TO REGISTER: Call 248-353-0735, ext. 222 to register by phone.
For more information or questions, please contact Elana Shelef at 248-353-0735, ext. 119, or firstname.lastname@example.org.