When you think about notable homes in America places like the White House, Mount Vernon, or maybe even Graceland come to mind. These places are more about the people who lived there and the legacy they left behind than the home itself- it's construction, craftsmanship, or architectural vision. The most iconic homes aren't those that had famous people living in them, but rather the ones that made people famous because of their design. We want to take a look at a few of our favorite notable American homes today, could you see yourself living in one of these?
In the 1930s, a department store owner commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build him a vacation home on Bear Run, a tributary in southwest Pennsylvania. Wright rose to the challenge, and built Fallingwater practically within the stream’s waterfalls. The house has a central stone chimney that stands like a tree trunk, with whole wings extending from it like branches..
The Glass House
Over a 50-year period, architect Philip Johnson used his 47-acre property in New Canaan, Connecticut, as an architectural laboratory of sorts. He built 14 modernist structures, including his famous Glass House. A home made of, you guessed it, glass. He once said he imagined the trees and sky to be his wallpaper.
The Gamble House
This airy Pasadena home and its gabled roofs, is the finest surviving example of architectural duo Greene and Greene’s work, it is an exemplary California bungalow, and a high point of the Arts and Crafts movement. Just take a look at this video tour of this amazing piece of craftsmanship.
The Farnsworth House
Completed in 1951, the Farnsworth House consists of precast concrete floor and roof slabs supported by steel beams. The facade is made of single panes of glass spanning from floor to ceiling, fastened to the structural system by steel mullions. Though it proved difficult to live in, like the glass house, the Farnsworth House's elegant simplicity is still regarded as an important accomplishment of the international style.
This home is famous for it's architecture, but also it's designer, architect, and homeowner. Thomas Jefferson. a fusion of classical elements, European style, and his own design solutions that served as the centerpiece of his large plantation. Jefferson designed the main house using neoclassical design principles, but reworking the design through much of his presidency to include design elements popular in late 18th-century Europe and integrating numerous of his own design solutions.
PBS compiled a list of 10 homes they think shaped America, you can check it out more here.