Franklin Lloyd Wright's Still Bend House
The Still Bend house, also known as the Bernard Schwartz House, is Franklin Lloyd Wright's built version of the dream house he envisioned for Life Magazine.
This house is for the avid historian or the prospective architect. If you are not familiar with Franklin Lloyd Wright, allow me to provide a brief introduction.
Wright conceived of the philosophy "organic architecture", designing structures in tune with humanity and its surrounding environment. Fallingwater — a preserved, historic landmark — is lauded as the best all-time work of American architecture and embodies his original philosophy atop a waterfall. He led an illustrious career designing over 1,000 structures and educating those on the relationship between the land and architecture.
The Still Bend house, later known as the Bernard Schwart House, is Wright's built version of his blueprint outlined in the Life Magazine article Eight Houses for Modern Living(1938). The architect was commissioned to design a dream house for the typical American family. The house was later built for and named after a Two River businessman, Bernard Schwartz. The original plan had the house built from stucco and stone, but that changed to red tidewater cypress board, batten, and red brick once the decided final location was established. Wright believed it was better suited. Other refinements include raising the ceiling in the living area to provide space for the second-story balcony overlooking the recreation area. The structure of the house was not enough, Wright was a man of detail, and he went on to design the chairs, tables, couches, and lamps.
The view of the front of the house is concealing, as Wright wished it to be sort of "a little private club" for the family. On the side of the house, a light show appears throughout the day and projects on the red tidewater Cypress interior through the side clerestory windows. The recreation room and living room is a large expanse, each measuring over sixty feet. Relax in the home by pulling out one of the vintage novels in the library, transporting you to a simpler time.
The house is located in the historic fishing town of Two Rivers, a typical vacation spot on the shore of Lake Michigan. If you are looking to experience more beyond Wright's creation, a list of close-by activities in the quintessential small town of America:
- For history buffs: the Wisoncsin Maritime Museum allows you to explore a world war II submarine.
- Point Beach State Forest offers 127 campsites along the shore and a place to sit and relax.
- Neshotah Park voted the best beach in Wisconsin.
- Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
- Take a step back to 1891 at Schroeder's Department Store.
- Woodland Dunes Nature Center preserves over 7 miles of hiking trails through various terrain, more than 260 species of birds have been recorded.
- Indulge in some cheese with 250 varieties at Pine River Dairy Inc.
- If you are looking for some of the best German beers on tap, go to Kurt's Pub & Deli. Up and running since 1904.