A village in New York is a treasure trove of midcentury-modern design…

Here is a cool thing I just learned about: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Utopian version of what America could look like exists just outside New York City. I was going through old Architectural Digest articles when I found one from March about Usonia, a community near Pleasantville, New York, shaped by the vision and architectural ideals of Wright — it’s a community of midcentury-modern design that looks like it’s been frozen in time.

Usonian homes were Wright’s more modest, single-family residences, except instead of subdivisions where there are rows of identical houses, he had a vision for affordable homes that also looked unique. The homes are dreamy — low-roofed, natural stone and wood, and blended into the lush paradise that surrounds them. Perusing the insides of these homes look like so many of the nostalgic interior design Instagram accounts I follow — like @KimCoolmon. 

The community wasn’t actually started by Wright. In 1944, a few of his disciples who had studied at his Taliesin school — particularly a man named David Henken — spearheaded the project that would be defined by affordable housing, a shared vision of democratic living, and the involvement of Wright himself.


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Now, you can find some of these homes for sale — an escape very worth your time or a reality, depending on how much money you have lying around. 11 Orchard Brook Drive features  stellar circular masonry design, and for a (slightly) more affordable $725,000, 6 Usonia Road aka The Anderson House is a geometric dreamscape with lots of windows and a porch that I can only imagine its residents must sit on with the sole, flickering thought of “I made it.”

Learn more about the little oasis of ideal suburban design here, meanwhile, I’ll be starting a “Buy Kelsey a House in Paradise” Kickstarter…


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