The Gerald B. Tonkens House in Cincinnati, Ohio, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1955 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It made news when it went on the market for the first time this year. Take a look…
It sits on over four acres in Amberley Village, down a “winding Cherokee Red-stained drive with two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed street-level entry gates.” It’s been in the Tonkens family since it was built, and most of the original furniture that the architect designed for it remains intact.
When you walk into the house you see a long and narrow hallway lined with books…
Wright wanted there to be a “big reveal” at the end of it when the hall opens up into a large living room.
The listing says: “This best-of-breed Usonian Automatic home is set on over 4 private park-like acres on one of the finest streets in Cincinnati’s Amberley Village. Built to Wright’s exacting standards using 11 different patterns of concrete block with over 400 inset windows creating a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor light show.”
The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 3,100 square feet.
“Features include interiors paneled in Philippine Mahogany, bedroom wing ceilings gilded in 18K gold-leaf, and grand 13’ 6” high living & dining rooms anchored by a massive fireplace.”
The architect’s son Eric Lloyd Wright moved to the area for 18 months to oversee the construction of the house himself.
“Included in the sale is an extensive collection of original documents, plans, correspondence, telegrams and the like between the owners and Frank and Eric Lloyd Wright. In addition, there are numerous boxes full of photos, articles and books featuring the house, letters from famous folks who visited the house including: Walter Cronkite, Neil Armstrong, Jack Lenor Larsen and many others.”
“This house has the FLW signed red tile inset by the front doorbell designating Frank Lloyd Wright’s approved of its construction to his specifications. As well, inset into the house near the FLW tile is a brass plaque indicating this home is on the National Historic Register.”
Asking price if $1.788 million. For more photos and information about the Tonkens house, visit the Comey & Shepherd listing. Here’s a video tour taken by local news station WCPO (they make you watch a short commercial first):