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THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S USONIA
A WALKING TOUR
The utopian community of Usonia is located near Pleasantville, New York. It includes 47 homes on a 100-acre wooded site, developed after World War II by a group of idealistic men and women who enlisted Frank Lloyd Wright to design and help them create a cooperative community based on Wright’s ideals. Wright invented the name Usonia, to convey his concept of the United States of North America.
Not only did Frank Lloyd Wright design Usonia’s plot plan, but he also personally designed three of the houses. Part of the community’s agreement was that the other houses would be Usonian in style (designed by Wright-inspired and Wright-trained architects) and that Wright would be involved in the approval process.
On our walking tour through this unique neighborhood, we will view at least two of the three Wright-designed homes and a selection of the 44 other homes designed by Wright disciples. We will meet long-time Usonia resident Johanna Cooper for a tour of her home, which was designed by Kaneji Domoto, the designer of five houses in Usonia. Johanna and her husband Marvin have lived in Usonia since 1971. In 2007, she curated a museum exhibition about the history of Usonia, Frank Lloyd Wright and Usonia: An Experiment in Living. We also will visit the remarkable Frank Lloyd Wright home of Roland Reisley, the author of the acclaimed history of the neighborhood, Usonia, New York: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright which illuminates the events, problems, and passions of a democratic group of people developing a designed environment an hour from New York City, and the ups and downs of working with America's most famous — and most famously volatile — architect.
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Departure time will be 7:00am from the Community Park North/Pettoranello Gardens parking lot, located at Route 206/Mountain Avenue. Tour is expected back in Princeton before 6:00pm.The price includes transportation, lunch, admission, tour guide and a donation to the library. We will be walking on paved roads, but the neighborhood is hilly. Please wear appropriate shoes.
Please print and complete the TOUR WAIVER. Bring the signed waiver with you to the tour.
Cancellation policy: Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds for this bus tour; however, in the event you are unable to attend, we will happily allow a guest of your choice to attend in your place.
Questions: Contact the Friends of the Princeton Public Library at 609.924.9529x280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.