Parkwyn Village (1948), Kalamazoo, Michigan


Parkwyn Village was designed by Wright in 1947 as a cooperative community with the original plans showing more than 40 circular and semi-circular lots in a “biscuit cutter” layout. It is one of two cooperatives founded by a group of young scientists employed at the Upjohn Company who prevailed upon Wright to design affordable houses they could build themselves –the other is in Galesburg, Michigan.

Four Wright-designed houses were actually constructed and overlook a small lake. These Usonian Houses were designed and landscaped to maximize privacy and are difficult to see from the street. Two of the four houses could not be seen at all. It is said that the front of the houses with their sweeping glass windows can be see from across the lake.

 
Location: just off Interstate 94, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Private residences.

Unable to photograph: Ward McCartney Residence (1949) and Robert D. Winn Residence (1950)
 


William Allin Storrer, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (1995), #298-301.