Frank Lloyd Wright, who created some of the most renowned structures in American history, like Falling Water and the Guggenheim Museum, really contributed to meeting the housing needs of other species as well.
In 1956, a 12-year-old kid asked the renowned architect if he would mind designing a dog house to go with the house he was already designing for his family, the Bergers.
Wright responded by saying that while building a dog house for Eddie the Labrador retriever was a ‘opportunity,’ young Jim Berger would have to wait roughly 18 months due to a busy schedule.
Jim was the son of Robert and Gloria, who had recently hired Wright to construct a home for their American family in the ‘Usonian style.’
Wright completed the ‘opportunity’ as planned, and the next year offered free designs for the four-square-foot doghouse that were written on the back of an envelope.
The triangle’s design complemented that of the main house and had distinctive elements by Wright, like the low-pitched roof and oversized overhang.
Wright even suggested Jim use discarded Philippine mahogany and wood that had been left over from the building of the house.
Eddie never built the doghouse since he preferred to sleep inside, where it was warmer, but ultimately, his brother and father built it.
However, they were disappointed to discover that Eddie never used it. As was relatively characteristic of Wright’s construction, the roof also leaked. Gloria, Jim’s mother, decided to throw the item in the trash as a result.
However, Jim and his brother were shown in the 2010 film Designed by Frank repairing the doghouse in accordance with the original blueprints.
Once they were done, they presented it to Marin County for exhibition at the Marin County Civic Center, another of Wright’s structures.
The smallest building he ever created is now on permanent display within the largest existing building he ever designed as of late May.
It was only briefly displayed before being put in storage in 2016, but the people who saw it never forgot, and as a result, it was never forgotten.
‘We are a pet-friendly community, and I think this building is intimately gorgeous and conveys a larger Frank Lloyd Wright tale. It’s a fun family story, and the doghouse gives Frank Lloyd Wright in Marin County more depth.’