44 Usonia Road
Pleasantville NY 10570
Frank Lloyd Wright 1951
Frank Lloyd Wright started
building his 'Usonian' homes in the 1930s: simplified developments from
his earlier prairie houses that brought his redesigned, open-plan ways of
living to a modest size and budget.
The Usonian community at
Pleasantville is relatively late in Wright's development: he developed the
master plan in 1947. Fifty Usonian-style houses, with much variety within
the common theme, are spread around 100 acres of woodland, with common
land and facilities shared as a cooperative. Wright personally designed
three of the houses, of which two are more or less unchanged today.
Carports - the word as well as
the idea - were one of the low-cost innovations Wright contributed through
his Usonian homes. The Reisley house has a particularly fine example.
Roland and Ronny Reisley built
the Reisley House with their honeymoon money in 1951, and continue to live
Simon Glynn 2001
How to visit
The house is a private
residence and is not open to the public. Since it is built on a
spacious, wooded plot, it is only partially visible from the road
(especially in summer among the leaves).
Usonia Road is on the
east edge of Pleasantville, which is in Westchester about an hour's drive
north of Manhattan. The easiest way to navigate is to approach
Pleasantville along route 120 (from the I-684); turn left onto Bear Ridge
Road (if coming from the south), then first left onto Usonia Road. See
House, the other Wright Usonian home in the neighborhood that is still
in its original form, is just around the corner at 11 Orchard Brook Drive.
Books and other web
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A practical visitors' guide to thirty six
publicly accessible Frank Lloyd Wright sites, with a straightforward one or two page
description of each, with black and white photographs. Note: Does not
include this private house.
provides both its own Frank Lloyd Wright content and a set of links to other Frank Lloyd
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