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Eppstein House
by Frank Lloyd Wright
Upon receiving Wright’s plans for their house, the Eppsteins reviewed them, and made several suggestions they felt made the house more livable, including enlarging the children’s bedrooms, and both enlarging the kitchen and including a window (the initial plans had no window) and a desk. Wright agreed to these suggestions, and construction soon began. Started in 1951, it forms an “in-line” plan oriented north-south. A low, cantilevered roof that extends west just north from the home’s midsection fills the view as one approaches from the street. Its exterior materials are hand-made solid and perforated concrete block and mahogany. Much like the other homeowners in The Acres, the Eppsteins did some of the construction work themselves, constructing some of the three thousand concrete blocks required in Wright’s plans. Dorothy Eppstein recalls scrubbing the blocks with a sponge and concentrated sulfuric acid to remove lime deposits left by the Asylum Lake water. Another of her jobs included drilling holes into concrete blocks to create a rough rectangle, which would then be knocked out and used for light switches and outlets. This latter job she did while pregnant! The Eppstein’s dwelling was built in several stages. In 1953 the Eppsteins moved into a finished first phase, which included living and dining rooms, a workspace, a master bedroom, and a bath. Over the following several years, the remainder of the south end was completed.
Location 11098 Hawthorne Dr, Galesburg, MI 49053
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