Rockford, IL 1949
The Laurent House is the only house Wright designed for a wheelchair-bound client. Completed in 1952, it predated the Americans with Disabilities Act by nearly four decades. Much consideration was given to customizations made to meet Laurent’s needs. There are no thresholds to obstruct a wheelchair. Doorways, hallways and bathrooms are wider than usual so that Laurent could always turn his wheelchair around. Doorknobs, light switches and built-in cabinets with fold-down doors were built lower to be accessible. The Wright-designed furniture was built lower than usual so guests sat at or below Laurent’s eye level. The house is only the second designed using Wright’s hemicycle form. In 2012 the property was acquired by the nonprofit Laurent House Foundation.
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