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Michigan Home Is the Cheapest Frank Lloyd Wright Design on the Market

Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for what a home should be wasn’t just about aesthetics, he believed that affordable, well-designed residences could make for happier people, and a better society overall. This so-called “Usonian” style is showcased in about 60 homes designed by Wright from the mid 1930s to the late ‘50s. One of them is for sale right now, and selling for a cool $445,000—the lowest asking value for a Wright design on the market.

The Eppstein House in Galesburg, Michigan is a ranch-style home that was built in 1953 for Samuel and Dorothy Eppstein, a couple who worked at The Upjohn Company (a pharmaceutical manufacturing firm) in nearby Kalamazoo. In the late ‘40s, a group of 12 scientists from the labs had asked Wright to design a community of Usonian homes for them to live in. Wright’s philosophy was well-aligned with that of Upjohn, a company that was known for providing good benefits and fostering happy, healthy lives for its employees.  

The original plan for “Galesburg County Homes Acres” (now known as just “The Acres”) contained 22 homes, meant to be specifically designed for the future inhabitants—they intended to build them with little or no outside help—but only four were ultimately constructed. The Eppstein House is 2250 square feet, and contains three bedrooms, two baths, two fireplaces, and two living rooms. There’s also a pool, private pond, and access to the neighborhood’s 70 acres of private rolling wooded land (the house was designed to integrate naturally with its surroundings). It’s also registered on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy.

The property underwent extensive renovations under the previous owner and is 95 percent done, realtor Fred Taber told Realtor.com. To find out more (or just bask in those real estate dreams), visit Jaqua Realtors.

All images courtesy of Jaqua Realtors.

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5 Scrapped Designs for the World's Most Famous Buildings
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When an architect gets commissioned to build a skyscraper or a memorial, they’re usually not the only applicant for the job. Other teams of designers submit their own ideas for how it should look, too, but these are eventually passed over in favor of the final design. This is the case for some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks—in an alternate world, the Arc de Triomphe might have been a three-story-tall elephant statue, and the Lincoln Memorial a step pyramid.

GoCompare, a comparison site for financial services, dug into these could-have-been designs for Alternate Architecture, an illustrated collection of scrapped designs for some of the most famous structures in the world, from Chicago's Tribune Tower to the Sydney Opera House.

Click through the interactive graphic below to explore rejected designs for all five landmarks.

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For Sale: The Safest House in America, Complete With Hidden Command Center
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Paul Wegener

For some people, locking the front door just isn't enough to feel fully safe at home. Maybe they set up a home security system. Maybe they go out and buy a fancy smart home hub with a security camera. Or maybe they spend six years and $30 million to build a veritable fortress mansion, as one guy in Atlanta did. That house, called the Rice House and referred to as one of the safest homes in America, is now up for sale for $14.7 million.

Built by an entrepreneur who hired a security architect with a background designing Justice Department buildings (and his own bunker/house), the Rice House is billed as a "modern fortress" in the real estate listing.

For its owner, creating an impenetrable home was more of a personal challenge than a real security need, according to Bloomberg. But by its features, you'd think it was built for a Bond super-villain or a head of state, not a businessman in a wealthy Atlanta neighborhood.

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It has its own water and power supply, a 5000-square-foot command center hidden behind a waterfall, a vault, and doors capable of withstanding machine gun fire. There’s an indoor gun range, in case you need some target practice. There’s enough room in the garage for 30 cars, in case you have a few dozen Batmobiles—or you want to invite friends to hunker down with you during the apocalypse.

And since anyone who lives there might be more invested in staying safely inside the gates than going out on the weekends, the place has plenty of amenities that make it a standalone mini-community. It’s got its own art gallery, a gym, a bowling alley, a wine cellar, a home theater, and a pool. It has three kitchens and two commercial elevators, with staff quarters so the servants you inevitably need to cater to you never need to leave, either.

But wait, there’s more. If the house lacks something you want, that’s fine! Because according to the listing, “the property purposefully awaits final personalization.” In other words, for your $14.7 million, it’s not finished.

Check it out here.

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