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Making Modernism Rich

by Susi, 24 May 2009

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What is called “modernism” in architecture can be a bit barren and over-blank. The term colloquially refers to almost anything that’s rigorously rectilinear and mostly unornamented. But it doesn’t have to mean aesthetic impoverishment. Frank Llloyd Wright understood this perfectly.  Case in point, the Bachman-Wilson House (1954) which has been meticulously restored by its architect-owners Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino. It’s one of Wright’s “Usonian” houses, which were conceived with a vision for a new American architectural vernacular that would be respectful of the natural environment. 

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What a better world it would be if Usonia had happened, instead of random suburban sprawl and McMansionism.

Photographs by Lawrence Tarantino, A.I.A.

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