Frank Lloyd Wright’s Zimmerman House, Manchester NH 12-18-16

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH gives tours of their Zimmerman house, one of just a handful of Frank Lloyd Wright designs in New England, and the only one open for public tours. It’s a gem, built using 4 materials – glass, cypress wood, brick, and cement.

The two-bedroom, 1 level home is built diagonally across the lot, with a steeply overhanging roof, high cement-framed windows on the front, all enhancing privacy. The back wall is nearly all glass, bringing the gardens and yard into the design, so that the small “Usonian” home feels expansive.

This is the model of the house, inside the Currier Museum, where you gather for the tour:

And this is the house itself:

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The carport is well-shielded from the snow:

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The front glass door opens on a brick wall – privacy! Turn right and the brick hallway leads you to the open floor-plan living room, with Wright-designed built-in furniture:

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The back glass walls of the house – too bad we visited on a gray, snowy day, and couldn’t experience how the sun lights up the house.

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Here’s the Museum’s photo of the back of the house, from the garden on a sunny day:

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And the Museum’s photos of the interior:

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dining area

Wright designed this 4-person wood music-stand and uphoulstered stools for the Zimmerman’s musical gatherings. The vertical slot wood piece in the corner hides their stereo speakers – and the open floor plan allows the music to fill the house.

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music alcove

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master bedroom

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galley kitchen

The design is a work of art, architecture, and arithmetic! Windows and floor (radiant heat underneath) are 4′ squares. Horizontal surfaces – seating, shelves, are in increments of 13.”

Down the street is another Wright-designed home, not open to the public. This one is a study in concrete, as seen from the tour van:

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Now onto the Museum itself, and its exhibit on Mt Washington, with lots of paintings by artists of the Hudson River School:

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cog railway

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The Museum also has galleries of glass, like this Tiffany collection:

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And this lovely Childe Hassam piece:

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The Cafe is in what used to be the courtyard of the original entrance, with amazing mosaics framing the doorway:

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The opposite wall features 2 pieces reminiscent of a colorful mosaic, by Sol Lewitt:img_9431

The ladies’ room floor ain’t bad, either:

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And we cross the Merrimack River on the drive home:

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