3. Francis and Mary Little House II Living Room Reconstruction at the MET (Public)
The Frank Lloyd Wright Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was originally the living room of a Midwest Prairie house, which served as a summer residence for Frances W. Little. When it was built between 1912 and 1914, it stretched 250 feet along Lake Minnetonka in Deephaven, Minnesota. By the 1970s, however, the house was slated for demolition, prompting the Metropolitan Museum of Art to save crucial parts of the structure before it was torn down in 1972.
Today, parts of the house can be found in Pennsylvania and Minneapolis, but the fifty-five-foot-long pavilion containing the living room is on display at the MET. It stands as a lasting example of Wright’s concept of “organic architecture” in which the structure and its interior (including its furnishings) all fall in harmony with the surrounding environment. For example, the twelve art-glass panels would have framed the views of the lake and the woods if the room were still in its original location today.