Louis Penfield House

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Louis A. Penfield House
Penfield House May 2013.jpg
Louis Penfield House is located in Ohio
Louis Penfield House
Louis Penfield House is located in the US
Louis Penfield House
Location2203 River Rd., Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Coordinates41°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
ArchitectFrank Lloyd Wright
Architectural styleModerne, Other
NRHP reference #96001622 [1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 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, the Louis Penfield House has been one of a few Wright-designed homes where guests can spend the night.[2]


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

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