Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright will have a rare opportunity to tour the only three Usonian houses he designed in the Detroit area on Sunday, June 7, which is the day before the great architect’s birthday.
The Gregor and Elizabeth Affleck House and the Melvyn Maxwell Smith House are in Bloomfield Hills, and the Dorothy H. Turkel House is in the Palmer Woods section of Detroit.
The event, which costs $125 per person, includes a guided tour of each home, transportation in a luxury motor coach between the homes, and a hearty hors d’oeuvres and birthday cake reception at Eddie Merlot’s restaurant in Bloomfield Hills. Participants should arrive at the restaurant at 37000 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills by 11:30 a.m. for the tour that begins at noon.
Wright began designing Usonian houses during the Great Depression in the 1930s. His goal was to create a class of houses with a unique North American identity that would be affordable for middle class families.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit ongoing restoration projects at the Affleck House, which is owned by Lawrence Technological University. To register, call LTU at (248) 204-2303 or go to www.lawrencetech.net/FLWBirthdayBash.