Louis Penfield House

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Louis A. Penfield House
Louis Penfield House, April 2011.jpg
Louis Penfield House is located in Ohio
Louis Penfield House
Location 2203 River Rd., Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Coordinates 41°37′7.78″N 81°24′30.38″W / 41.6188278°N 81.4084389°W / 41.6188278; -81.4084389Coordinates: 41°37′7.78″N 81°24′30.38″W / 41.6188278°N 81.4084389°W / 41.6188278; -81.4084389
Built 1955
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural style Moderne, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 96001622 [1]
Added to NRHP February 07, 1997

The Louis Penfield House is a house built by Frank Lloyd Wright, located in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. It is one of Wright's nine Usonian homes in Ohio.

Louis Penfield, a painter and acquaintance of Wright, commissioned the architect to design a house that would accommodate his 6-foot-8-inch (2.03 m) frame. This house, then, built in 1955, is unique in its high doorways, as Wright preferred low entryways.

Notably long and thin in comparison to an average home, the house has a "floating staircase" supported by ceiling beams, a bottleneck entryway, and several walls made almost entirely of windows, one of which gives a panoramic view of the outside. The house's basic color scheme centers on red-stained wood and ochre walls.

Some years after Louis died, the family moved out, and maintained it as a rental property for five years. The Penfield house was restored over a period of four years by Paul Penfield, son of Louis, at a cost of some $100,000 USD. Since 2003, has been one of the few of Wright's homes that allow guests to spend the night.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Jaquay, Sarah (2009-11-29). "See what it's like to live Wright". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 

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