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Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
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Location Manchester, New Hampshire   map
Date 1950   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System brick masonry
Climate temperate
Context suburban
Notes S.333.


Photo, exterior.

Photo, exterior.

Discussion Zimmerman House Commentary

"A long house with a clerestory lighting the central living quarters, its primary construction material is brick. The true spaciousness of this home is not apparent from the public approach. Its view is to the southwest over a large, beautifully landscaped yard."

— William Allin Storrer. The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog. project 333.

"The whole key to the Wrightian interior space is revealed in the article: 'Dramatize a high ceiling by emphasizing a below-standard 'ceiling' line to fool the eye. Use a dropped ceiling in the hall to make the living room ceiling higher by contrast.' Surprise and time-scale can also give lyrical qualities: 'Use a glass gable without an overhang to let the sun play changing patterns on the ceiling.' A hint of the journey that led Wright to Lao-Tse is also reflected in the article: 'Break up the open plan by letting it flow around corners, so you can't see all the dining area from the living room or all the open kitchen from the dining room.'...Use natural materials that call for little maintenance."

— John Sergeant. Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses: The Case for Organic Architecture. p156.

The Creator's Words

"As interior space to be lived in becomes the reality of building, so shelter thus emphasized becomes more than ever significant in character and important as a feature....The new sense of spaciousness requires, as inherent human factor, significant cover as well as shade....Weather is omnipresent and buildings must be left out in the rain. Shelter is dedicated to these elements. So much so that almost all other features of design tend to lead by one another to this important feature, shelter, and its component shade....By shade, charm has been added to character; style to comfort; significance to form."

— Frank Lloyd Wright. from Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Gerald Nordland, ed. Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas. p22.


223 Heather Street
Manchester, New Hampshire 03104

— Thomas A. Heinz. Architectural Monographs No. 18: Frank Lloyd Wright. p141.

Sources on Zimmerman House

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Gerald Nordland, ed. Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987. ISBN 0-8-93-1421-5. LC 87-20755. NA737.W7A4 1988. p22.

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, ed. Frank Lloyd Wright: in the Realm of Ideas. Carbondale Illinois: Southern Illinois Press, 1988. NA 737.W7 A4 1988. ISBN 0-8093-1422-3. LC 87-20755. plan, p101.

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. exterior photo, p75. interior photo, p75. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by the master of architectural photography. Available at Amazon.com

John Sergeant. Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses: The Case for Organic Architecture. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1976. ISBN 0-8230-7178-2. LC 76-7281. NA737.W7S4. p156.

William Allin Storrer. The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: a Complete Catalog. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1978. photo of exterior, p333.

William Allin Storrer. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993. ISBN 0-226-77624-7. LC 93-30127. NA737.W7A4 1993. plan drawing.   Available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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