As we’ve recently lamented, residential work by Frank Lloyd Wright is few and far between in and around Philly. But it’s no surprise that there are plenty of architects out there who have found inspiration in Wright’s Prairie-style or Usonian homes, so much so that they’ve incorporated the starchitect’s style into their own work.
So behold, five homes in the Philadelphia region that all claim to be Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired.
There are a number of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, but rarely do they come on the market. So we’ll take this four-bedroom, two-and-one-half-bath home instead. The broker babble insists that “Frank Lloyd Wright would love this home,” which features a koi pond, big windows, and a breezeway-style porch that’s accessible from two wings of the house. Asking price is $559,900.
This impressive 4,700-square-foot home is described as Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired, and sits tucked into a hill with views overlooking the Delaware Canal. The five-bedroom, three-and-one-half bath home certainly appreciates its surroundings: There’s a wrap-around porch, a canoe launch, and a backyard bocce court. Asking price is $849,500.
Also located in Yardley is this midcentury modern that was built in 1957. It also describes itself as Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired, and while the interiors have been updated, the resemblance is there, at least on the exterior. The four-bedroom, 3,064-square-foot home features an in-ground pool, and behind that steps up to a stone firepit. Asking price is $619,500.
This four-bedroom, two-bedroom home is located in the Bryn Gweled Homesteads community in Bucks County, which was founded by architect Robert Bishop. Bishop was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, and went onto design Bryn Gweled, which practiced Wright’s Broadacre City concept. In addition to Bishop’s craftmanship, the home features a miniature orchard in the backyard, and solar panels that bring utility bills down to $7 to $8 a month. Asking is $375,000, plus $95 monthly HOA fees.
This four-bedroom, three-bath home is farthest from Philly on this list, but it’s such an intriguing property that it deserves a closer look. While not verified, the owners suspect that the home was designed by Allan J. Gelbin, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. The home is reminiscent of a Usonian home, but it is in need of work. That may explain why it has been on the market for more than a year. Current asking price is $739,000.