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As part of our long-term project of staying at all six of the Frank Lloyd Wright houses that can be rented for overnight stays, we launched our vacation by flying to Pittsburgh and driving from there to Polymath Park, the rural resort to which Wright’s Duncan House, which was previously to be found in Illinois, was moved in 2002, just ahead of the wrecker’s ball.
The Duncan house is one of a group of prefabricated houses designed by Wright and manufactured by Marshall Erdman that were built in the Fifties. (Another Wright prefab is located in Staten Island.) It’s the only one open to the public, so this was our first chance to get a look at what Wright had in mind when in 1955 he started to design a house that, unlike any of his earlier residences, would be suitable for mass construction….