Goetsch–Winckler House - Okemos, MI
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N 42° 42.483 W 084° 26.350
16T E 709720 N 4731575
Quick Description: Usonian architectural style home located at 2410 Hulett Rd, Okemos, MI 48864
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 4/18/2022 2:29:30 AM
Waymark Code: WM1624Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
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Long Description:
One of Wright's earliest Usonian homes, at 1,350 sq ft (125 m2) the house is an "in-line Usonian", literally a house built in a straight line. The carport, living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms all form rectangular spaces that slide past each other. The living room takes up most of the house, with a chimney at one end in front of a workspace. At the opposite end, two bedrooms, separated by a bathroom, open out on to a veranda. The workspace exemplifies the Usonian interior, with its clerestory windows supplementing a bank of full length casement windows on the adjacent wall. Despite its small size the house seems large due to built-in furniture and shelves. Built-ins include the dining room table, a seat by the fireplace, a bar, a desk and bookcase in the workspace, as well as numerous storage spaces.

In the 1930s eight professors from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, formed a co-op and bought a 40-acre (16 ha) tract of land in neighboring Okemos. Two of them, Alma Goetsch and Kathrine Winckler (or Winkler), approached Wright asking him to design a community for them. Wright's concept, derived from the Broadacre City plan, was to be known as Usonia I. The community was to consist of seven houses and a caretaker's cottage surrounding a common farm, orchard, and fish pond. Access to the houses was by a U-shaped road around the farm, with each house at the end of a long driveway and each with a private garden. Although the design of each house varied, they did share common features such as flat roofs, accentuated horizontal lines, and simple massing. Due to lack of financing, the project collapsed, and only the Goetsch–Winckler House was built on a different site.

After World War II, Wright designed houses separately for several other co-op members, although the only design that was built was for Erling P. Brauner, also in Okemos, less than a mile and a half from Goetsch–Winckler House.[-Goetsch–Winckler House

Also see Link to sales listing showing interior photos
Year Completed: 1940

Commissioned By: Alma Goetsch and Kathrine Winckler

Nearest City or Town: Okemos, Michigan

Public/Private: Private

Tours Available?: no

Website: [Web Link]

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