John and Syd Dobkins House

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John and Syd Dobkins House
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Roadside view
John and Syd Dobkins House is located in Ohio
John and Syd Dobkins House
John and Syd Dobkins House is located in the United States
John and Syd Dobkins House
Location5120 Plain Center N.E., Canton, Ohio
Coordinates40°51′15.7″N 81°21′15.4″W / 40.854361°N 81.354278°W / 40.854361; -81.354278Coordinates: 40°51′15.7″N 81°21′15.4″W / 40.854361°N 81.354278°W / 40.854361; -81.354278
Area5 acres (2.0 ha)
ArchitectFrank Lloyd Wright
Architectural styleUsonian
NRHP reference #08001298[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 8, 2009

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1953 and completed in 1954, the John and Syd Dobkins House is one of three Wright-designed Usonian houses in Canton, Ohio. Located farther east than the Nathan Rubin Residence and the Ellis A. Feiman House, it is set back from the road, has tall, thin casement windows and prominent doors that rise to nearly the roofline. Its distinctive geometric design module based upon an equilateral triangle reflects Wright's Usonian design philosophy.

An apprentice came from Taliesin to oversee construction of the houses in Canton. That was standard operating procedure for Wright. It was also standard that he would get a topographical map of a site before he began a design. The house was built on a five-acre parcel that was once a cornfield. Along with a design for the house, Wright created an ingenious planting plan for the property which featured 14 pin oak trees planted in perfect relation to the structure.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0-226-77621-2 (S.362)

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