Rush Creek Village

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A house in the district

Rush Creek Village is a historic neighborhood in Worthington, Ohio, just north of Columbus. It was founded in 1954 by Martha and Richard Wakefield, who—along with architect Theodore Van Fossen—designed and built a community of 48 houses (later expanded to 51) based on Frank Lloyd Wright's principles of Usonian architecture. Rush Creek Village was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 14, 2003.

History[edit]

In 1946, Martha and Richard Wakefield of Columbus, Ohio, who had recently discovered the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, were inspired to visit the architect at his Arizona studio, Taliesin West. As they were leaving, Mr. Wright advised Mrs. Wakefield to "[g]o home, buy a Jeep and build a house for yourself. Then build a house for your next-door neighbor." She took his advice to heart, and in 1954 her husband, a builder, began working with Theodore Van Fossen, an architect and former student of Wright's,[1] to create what would become the nation's largest collection of homes based on Wright's principle of organic architecture.[2]

Rush Creek Village was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 14, 2003. Beth Savage, an architectural historian with the Park Service, called Rush Creek "a wonderful and intact example of a local interpretation of Wright's organic architecture philosophy."[3]

Philosophy[edit]

According to the Worthington Historical Society, "[t]he idea behind Rush Creek Village is simple. It seeks a community in which each house is uniquely designed for the lifestyle of the owner, but also fits into an architecturally integrated pattern. By planning this way, maximum advantage can be gained from the beautiful sites, yet the privacy of neighbors can be respected; the individual needs of home owners can be met, and the parts can be formed into an organic whole."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] "Architect designed Rush Creek Village." Columbus Dispatch, December 20, 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  2. ^ [2] "House that inspired Rush Creek Village selling for first time." Columbus Dispatch, January 19, 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  3. ^ [3] "LOST AND FOUND: Obscurity Becomes It." The New York Times, June 24, 2004. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  4. ^ [4] Worthington Historical Society: "Rush Creek Village." Retrieved 14 May 2015.

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