Quintin Blair House

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Quintin Blair House
Quintin Blair House is located in Wyoming
Quintin Blair House
Location 5588 Greybull Hwy., Cody, Wyoming
Coordinates 44°30′33.8″N 109°0′4.4″W / 44.509389°N 109.001222°W / 44.509389; -109.001222Coordinates: 44°30′33.8″N 109°0′4.4″W / 44.509389°N 109.001222°W / 44.509389; -109.001222
Built 1952
Architect Wright,Frank Lloyd
Architectural style Modern Movement, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 91000998
Added to NRHP September 27, 1991[1]

The Quintin Blair House in Cody, Wyoming was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1952-53. The house is an example of Wright's "natural house" theme, emphasizing close integration of house and landscape. It is the only Wright building in Wyoming.[2]

Ruth Taggart Blair was a student at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts during the 1930s. Her professor, Bruce Goff, took the class to visit Taliesin at Spring Green, Wisconsin, where they met Wright. In 1951 Ruth and Quintin Blair were visiting Arizona, when Ruth suggested that they visit Taliesin West in Arizona, where Wright now lived and worked. They were met by Wright in the driveway, introduced themselves, and were invited to stay for lunch. At the luncheon, Wright expressed a desire to design a house for them, as he had no buildings in Wyoming. At Wright's suggestion, the Blairs bought some land away from town, as Wright did not want to design for a city lot. The house was completed in 1953.[3]

The house is laid out on a 4-foot (1.2 m) by 4-foot (1.2 m) grid. The house is dominated by a low, nearly flat roof that flares dramatically over the living room, where three sides of the room are floor-to-ceiling glass. The windows have mitered corners, eliminating a support and giving the impression that the glass itself incorporates a right-angle bend. A small triangular bay projects from the glass wall as a piano niche, a common Wright element. Exterior wall materials are primarily locally-quarried ashlar sandstone.[3]

The site is a 40-acre (16 ha) parcel near a small creek about 15 feet (4.6 m) below the house. Springs near the house have been dammed by a wall aligned with the piano bay's angled wall, forming a small pond. The house has been modified and somewhat enlarged, with consultation from Taliesin.[3]

The Blair House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Quintin Blair House". National Register of Historic Places. Wyoming State Preservation Office. 2008-10-25. 
  3. ^ a b c Massey, Rheba; Johnson, Mike (April 23, 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Quitin Blair House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 

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