While researching urban chicken coops I stumbled upon an article featuring a dog house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; one of my favorite architects.
I’m positive many of you know who Frank Lloyd Wright is and some of the famous houses and buildings designed by him, but did you know he designed a dog house?
This dog house was designed for a 12 year old boy back in 1956 in Los Angeles after this boy had the courage to ask Frank Lloyd Wright to design it for him. At the time of receiving the letter Frank was very busy with construction on the Guggenheim which began in 1956, so he declined. However, he asked the boy to write him back later in the year. The boy did just that. Here is the first letter he sent to Mr. Wright.
The boy was very specific about the needs of this doghouse and it needed to resemble the home in which he lived in being a Frank Lloyd Wright home. After writing the second letter he received a complete set of working drawings for a small triangular dog house with a similar form to the hexagonal geometry of the boy’s main home’s hexagonal plan at no charge.
The details of the drawings had many of the characteristics of a Wright home such as, a discreet entrance hidden on the other side of the dog house and a low-pitched roof with ample overhang.
Frank Lloyd Wright was thought to have been a grumpy old architect, but here he was doing something out of character for a 12 year old boy and his dog. Frank Lloyd Wright died 3 years later and is thought that this dog house was the only dog house he ever designed.