A 3.154 sq. ft. waterfront Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home overlooking Lake Michigan is new to the open market. Located in Saint Joseph, The Harper House, as it is known, contains four bedrooms and three baths, and is priced at $1.96 million.
The midcentury house’s architecture includes a roofline that begins as ranch but flares dramatically on one wing, giving the great room an intensely liberated feel as the ceiling takes flight and the house’s exterior walls transition to a series of floor-to-ceiling glass panes. Inside the home, skylights, series clerestories, and corner glass add even more breathing room.
With an exterior in pale brick and timber accents under the extended eaves, the home’s exterior warmth is a preamble for the measured warmth of a FLW interior. The house has of course seen revision over the years, but original details generally express the living style, and that’s good news for the Usonians out there. All the interior wood—and there’s a lot of it—looks to be original. Exposed brick and abrupt angles provide additional complexity, meeting in the centerpiece of the shared spaces: a freestanding brick fireplace accent wall.
Amenities include a wet bar—a midcentury necessity—and a master with abundant built-in storage; other bedrooms include built-in workspaces, a nice touch that also appears in Wright’s final residence, the Lykes House in Phoenix. The latter returned to the open market late this summer tagged at $8 million.