As the weather cools, and the pandemic continues to keep people away from public spaces, cozy weekend getaways are starting to seem increasingly appealing. And what better home to hole up in than a gorgeous rental designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?
Still Bend, a one-of-a-kind house in the tiny lakeside town of Two Rivers (90 miles north of Milwaukee), was designed for an unusual client: Life magazine. In 1938, the magazine asked the master modernist to produce the ideal abode for the modestly affluent.
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Businessman Bernard Schwartz, fresh o a trip to Taliesin, saw so much of himself in the plans that he commissioned Wright to bring the house to life with slight alterations. Eighty years on, Still Bend’s third pair of owners live elsewhere and rent out the property.
Nightly rates at the 3,000-square-foot dwelling begin north of $400 and peak at $700 during the holidays. The four-bedroom home sleeps up to eight people.
Aesthetically, the home evokes the promise of yesterday’s house of the future. Period housewares accent original built-in furniture. Three replaces protect occupants from chilly northern air. And the interior, made of red brick and tidewater cypress board, along with red concrete floors, evokes the surrounding riverside landscape.