Donald Schaberg House
|Donald Schaberg House|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Frank Lloyd Wright|
Designed by America's famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Schaberg House was commissioned in 1950 by Donald and Mary Lou Schaberg. The house is an example of Wright's now-famous Usonian style. The house is located in Okemos, Ingham County, central-southern Michigan.
According to Thomas Heinz in his book "The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright", Donald Schaberg worked in the lumber industry in Lansing, Michigan. The Schabergs had been friends with the Edwards family before, and when the Edwards commissioned Wright to design them a house (James Edwards House), and the Schabergs liked what they saw, the Schabergs commissioned Wright to design a home for themselves.
Don and Mary Lou Schaberg visited Mr. Wright at his home so that Mr. Wright could understand the needs of the young couple better. It took many months and many reminder notes before Mr. Wright would send the plans for their new home. But when they came it was worth the wait. As Mr. Wright wrote, "your patience will be rewarded this side of heaven".
Wright designed the house in 1950, and the Schabergs built the house in 1957. It was completed in 1958.
The Schabergs commissioned John Howe, Wright's right-hand man, to design an addition to the house that was finished in 1964. In 1968, Mr. Schaberg designed and had built a 40-foot tower adjoining the home. The pool pictured was built in 1973.
Wright's Other Area Work
- Erling P. Brauner House
- Goetsch-Winkler House
- James Edwards House
- Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0-226-77621-2 (S.328)