Wausau, WI 1938
The Charles and Dorothy Manson house is an early example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses, featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2462 sq ft on a 0.58 acre lot (an adjacent/separate 0.34 acre lot is included in the sale). Designed in 1938 and completed in 1941, the distinctive horizontal roof line descends four levels down the cascading wooded lot on Wausau’s prestigious and historic East Hill neighborhood. It is situated in a park-like setting (as indicated in the street name Highland Park Blvd), surrounded by historic properties, and just a short walk to downtown Wausau, WI. Exterior and interior walls of the house are made of red tidewater cypress in a board and batten design and local red Ringle bricks. Wright’s signature perforated windows are present throughout the house.
Within the past 6 years, the current owners have made significant endeavors to preserve and restore the house. The original pebble and tar flat roof was leaking and causing damages for decades, as in almost all flat roof buildings by Wright. Upon the approval of the local historic preservation committee, the old roof was removed and replaced with an efficient rubber roofing system (June 2020) and all damages underneath were remediated. The current owners refinished and re-stained all exterior wood, restored the exterior of the master bedroom (removing added windows and gas heater that are not part of the original design), restored the second floor bathroom, re-landscaped the property, remodeled the kitchen, restored both fireplace openings, repointed the bricks around the house, and worked on many other parts of the house. They also applied and successfully gained approval to have the house listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. This house is also a Historical Landmark for the City of Wausau.
The sale price includes copies of the house/furniture blueprints, all existing furniture, all framed historic photos in the gallery, the original clothes drying rack designed to hang in the kitchen, and an adjacent/separate 0.34 acre lot to the north of the property.