Meridian charter Township, MI 1939
Designed in 1940 for two Michigan State University art professors, this example of Usonian architecture has been carefully restored and maintained while preserving its original footprint and historic character.
From the cantilevered carport, follow the covered walkway to enter through one of the bank of fifteen glazed doors that provide light to both the living area (Studio) and the hallway (Gallery) that leads to 2 Bedrooms with Bathroom between. Doors in the Studio and both Bedrooms open to a private, fenced Lanai.
Wright employs varied ceiling heights and built-in furnishings to define the functions of the open plan living area. The lowered ceiling height at the entrance continues to your left over the dining area and kitchen (Workspace).
The view from a bank of casement windows draws you into the Studio, a large and versatile living space, where the ceiling rises to reveal a ribbon of clerestory windows upon which the roof appears to float. A built-in desk connects to the shelving of the Alcove, a cozy seating area featuring a fireplace in the broad masonry wall that divides it from the kitchen.
The Goetsch-Winckler House exemplifies Wright’s desire to “bring the outside in.” Watch birds in the trees from the tall Studio windows, glance toward the front yard as a deer stroll through, or pause to enjoy the snow fall as the radiant heated floor warms your toes. Sited on the highest point of a nearly 2 acre wooded lot, the house is only a few miles from Michigan State University and the State Capital, Lansing.