West Lafayette might seem an unsuspecting place for a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home. However, tucked away on a heavily wooded, sloping, one acre lot just a few blocks off of from the north-west corner of the Purdue campus, sits Frank Lloyd Wright’s SAMARA House. Built in 1955, the home was designed for Dr. John Christian, his wife, Catherine, and daughter, Linda. Both being professionals at Purdue University, Dr. Christian and Catherine wanted a home where they could entertain students and faculty. Considered to be one of the most complete Frank Lloyd Wright homes in existence, the 2,200 square foot house includes over forty of Wright’s innovations. Dr. Christian still owns and occupies the home today, and welcomes guests for pre-scheduled tours.
Photo Credit: Samara-House.org
1301 Woodland Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Tours available by reservation only, April through November. Call (765) 409-5522 in advance to reserve.
About: Heather Blackmon-doForno
As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.