In 1956, a 12-year-old named Jim Berger wrote a letter to the architect of his home—Frank Lloyd Wright—whether he might also consider building an abode for his Lab, Eddie. After getting no response, Berger sent along a second letter, and Wright—in his 80s at the time—finally relented, sending the boy detailed drawings "for a small triangular hut whose form bowed to the hexagonal geometry of the house’s hexagonal plan," according to Architizer. The doggie dwelling was to be crafted from mahogany and cedar; it was built in 1963 but it turned out that Eddie wasn't a fan. The Bergers took it apart at decade later.
Last year little Jim Berger, now in his late 60s, was tapped by filmmaker Michael Miner to reconstruct the three-foot-talle doghouse according to Wright's plans. Calling this "the best story ever about Wright," Miner included a segment about the doghouse in his Wright documentary Romanza, which will tour the nation with the reconstructed dollhouse starting at the end of the month. "The story of a 12-year-old kid having the chutzpah to write a letter to the greatest architect of all time and having him design something as modest as a doghouse [...] I just knew it was a great story,” Miner says. Head over to the movie's official site to see where the doghouse will be and when.
Photo via Architizer
· Doghouse designed by famed architect Wright in 50s rebuilt, set to tour [Washington Post via Curbed LA]
· Frank Lloyd Wright's Long Lost Doghouse [Architizer]
· Romanza [official site]