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Wright's Samara in Indiana Named a National Historic Landmark


Just in time for our event Out and About Wright: Wright and Modernism in Indiana, May 1-3, the John E. Christian House--Samara (1954) has been named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Samara had previously been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1992. The house is still occupied by Dr. Christian, its original owner. Wright designed or specified the house's landscape, furnishings, lighting, tableware, linens and even the owners' stationery. He gave the house its name, Samara, as a reference to the winged pine cone seeds found at the site.

"We listened closely to Mr. Wright's guidance, took his philosophies and designs to heart, and have always felt that our home, grounds and experiences working with Mr. Wright should be shared with others," Dr. Christian commented. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell called Samara "a remarkably complete Usonian design, incorporating more than 40 Wrightian design elements."

The preservation of the house is entrusted to the John E. Christian Family Memorial Trust. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy will visit the house May 2 (the deadline to register for this event has passed) on a tour that also includes Wright's Richard Davis House (1950) in Marion, Indiana.


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