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The Stanley Rosenbaum House (1939)

Rosenbaum House at night
Photo Credit: Wright in Alabama

Classic Usonian

Frank Lloyd Wright designed a single home in Alabama. It was one of his classic Usonian homes which was designed in 1939 for Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum and referred to as one of the “purest examples of Wright’s unique style.” The Rosenbaum House is constructed of cypress, glass and brick, the original house was completed in 1940. Wright added two new wings as per a request by the owners in 1948.

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Sole Owners

Wright’s Usonian style typically included flat roofs, large overhanging eaves, plenty of glass and flowing space. In general, Usonian homes were designed to be smaller homes, but often allowed for additions as families grew and needed more space.

Perhaps one of the most incredible innovations for the time was Wright’s use of radiant heat.  Hot water would circulate though pipes imbedded in the concrete floor of the home which provided warm floors and even heating.

Stanley & Mildred were the sole owners of the home until 1999. It has been meticulously restored and is now a museum piece, illustrating Wright’s classic Usonian style.

The Rosenbaum House is a significant example of Wright’s Usonian architecture. It is a well-preserved example of Wright’s work and is an important part of the history of Alabama architecture. The house is open to the public for guided tours.

Interior Rosenbaum House

Location & Tours of the Rosenbaum House

Guided tours of the Rosenbaum House are available.  Ticket sales and a gift shop are located across the street from the Rosenbaum House. For more information, visit WrightinAlabama.com or call (256) 718-5050.

The house is located at 601 Riverview Dr, Florence, Alabama

Viator offers a Multi-Attraction Pass that includes a tour of the Rosenbaum House along with additional attractions in the Florence/Muscle Shoals area. Some of the other attractions include the birthplace of Helen Keller, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, the Florence Indian Mound & Museum and more! View rates and more information here.

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Architecture and home design have always fascinated me. As a young girl I enjoyed drawing floor plans, rearranging my parent’s furniture and playing with Lincoln Logs and Legos.  My passion has always been the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Since I have been old enough to drive a car, I have visited Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Chicagoland area and attended the Wright Plus house walks. Now, as co-owners of Northern Sky Designs, my husband & I are able to combine our website design skills and FLW travels to bring you this website! Enjoy!

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