On this day in Alabama history: Couple moved into their Frank Lloyd Wright home

On this day in Alabama history: Couple moved into their Frank Lloyd Wright home
The Rosenbaum House, Florence, AL, 2010. (The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

August 23, 1940

Mildred and Stanley Rosenbaum moved into their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Florence. Now a museum, the Rosenbaum House is the only dwelling in Alabama designed by the famous American architect. Wright designed the house using an L-shaped floor plan based on his “Usonian” style, characterized by low-cost single dwellings worked into the natural landscape using native materials. The original house featured an open floor plan with a horizontal exterior of cypress wood, brick and glass, with cantilevered roofs and a carport. Despite the striking design, however, the house suffered almost immediate problems, including a leaky roof and defective chimneys.

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