Like many of my stories, this one begins at a blackjack table, but it really backs up to August 9, 2009 when I posted the following photo and comment on Facebook. “Made a trip to Kokomo to pick up glass. Decided to take a short side trip on the way home to Marion to check out a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Didn’t think I would like it from posted photos, but as usual, it was breathtaking!
The Galesburg Country Homes subdivision was designed by Wright in 1947 as a cooperative community. It is one of two cooperatives founded by a group of young scientists employed at the Upjohn Company who prevailed upon Wright to design affordable houses they could build themselves --the other is Parkwyn Village in Kalamazoo. These are Usonian Houses and were designed to be moderately priced with "a pattern for more simplified and ...more gracious living."