Cedric & Patricia Boulter
1 Rawson Woods Circle
Frank Lloyd Wright 1954
Originally built for University
of Cincinnati professor Cedric Boulter and his wife in 1954, the 2,700
square feet Usonian occupies a corner lot not far from the bustle of the
busy UC campus, and yet feels secluded enough to appear almost suburban.
Constructed of concrete block, plate glass and mahogany (stained in
"Taliesin red"), the home is listed on the National Register of
Unlike most Usonian homes, which
are usually single-story structures sitting on one to three acre lots, the
Boulter House has two floors and sits on a smaller, sloped half-acre lot.
Due to its placement, the home seems to dominate the block with its
cantilevered balconies protruding from the main volume. From street level,
one can admire the living room with its large windows and balcony. This
lack of privacy seems almost un-Wrightian, though considering the location
of the home it is understandable.
Like most Wright homes, the
entrance is hidden from view, and is accessible through the parking area
behind the house. A carport, which originally connected the main living
space (on the left) to a storage room (on the right), was converted into a
room in 1990. The room's fenestration and form were modeled after the
storage room and do not seem to greatly hinder the design. By far the most
interesting portion of the home from street level is the large living
space and its mahogany panels, which not only give the home a textural
appeal but also appear to shift during the day according to sunlight.
Its most recent owners (another
University of Cincinnati professor and his wife) recently sold the home,
which is one of three Wright houses built in Cincinnati, at auction for
$400,000. Included in the auction were built in cabinetry, desks, beds,
chairs and freestanding pieces designed especially for the Boulter house.
K. Bellon 2003
How to visit
Before being sold at auction,
the home was a private residence and it appears as though it will stay as
such under the new owners. Prior to this sale, the home was open for tours
once a year; these tours will no longer be available.
The home is located in the
Ludlow portion of Clifton (a neighborhood north of downtown Cincinnati),
and is easily seen from street level. Not far from the University of
Cincinnati campus (about a mile away from the Aronoff
Center for Design and Art), the house is easily accessed from the
campus area. Simply travel north on Clifton Avenue, make a left on Resor
Avenue (just past Ludlow Ave.) making a right (North) on Middleton Ave and
a left (West) on Rawson Woods Lane. The Boulter house will be on your
right hand side.
The nearest highway is I-75, and
the house is about two miles away from it. From I-75 northbound, take exit
#3 , go East on Hopple St., East on Martin Luther King Dr., North on
Clifton Ave. Clifton turn left on Warren, go 1 block, turn left on
Middleton then right on Rawson Woods Lane.
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