“My Little Gem”
Tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Smith House
Sunday, September 30, 1pm & 3pm
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When Sara Stein met Melvyn Maxwell Smith, she had never heard of Frank Lloyd Wright. Won over by Melvyn’s passion for architecture and undeterred by their school teacher salaries, the couple would go on to meet Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin and commission a custom home. Designed in 1946, the Smith House in Bloomfield Hills is an excellent example of Wright’s Usonian ideal, which aimed to build quality houses for the American middle class. The lovingly restored home, which Wright called “My Little Gem” during a 1951 visit, features an L-shaped floor plan and horizontal, cantilevered roof planes. This tour offers a unique view of this special home, its landscape, and the story of a couple whose vision and determination allowed them to achieve their dream.
Admission is $25.00/person and is non refundable. Please call 248-645-3319 for reservations. Tours depart via bus from the turning circle in front of the Art Museum promptly at 1pm and 3pm. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated once the bus departs. Please check in at the front desk of the Art Museum at least 15 minutes before your tour departs. Space is limited to 25 people so prepaid reservations are recommended. Tour fee includes museum admission.