The Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama, is the only Wright-designed structure in the state of Alabama and has been called one of the purest examples of his Usonian design.
In 1939, newlyweds Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design their home. The original 1540 square foot structure is one of the first half-dozen examples of Wright’s Usonian concept. Construction took eight months and was overseen by Wright’s apprentice, Burton Goodrich.
As the Rosenbaum family grew, so did their need for more space. Wright was commissioned to design an addition to the house which, when completed in 1948, added 1084 square feet to the structure.
The house is constructed of cypress, glass and brick and features the hallmarks of the Usonian style – multi-level flat roofs, cantilevered eaves and carports, grid planning, built-in furniture, flowing space, expanses of glass, and concrete floors with gravity heat.
The Rosenbaum’s were the sole owners and occupants of the house until it was purchased by the City of Florence in 1999. It has been carefully restored and is now open as a museum. The City has received numerous accolades since the restoration including the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy 2004 Wright Spirit Award.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House is located at 601 Riverview Drive. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are required for large groups. Admission is charged. For more information call (256) 740-8899 or visit www.florenceal.org or www.wrightinalabama.com.