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Samara House

1301 Woodland Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906-2371
+1 765-409-5522
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Interesting, Livable Frank Lloyd Usonian House

My wife and I found this Usonian warmer and more personalized than some we've seen. It has a... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2017
Richard H
Interesting to visit repeatedly

No regular hours so need to check on line schedule for tours. Very interesting history of family... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2017
Anna W
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House is open for tours April through November by reservation only. We do not have regular tour times, so they are not posted anywhere. The best way to get the tour information and schedule is to email us and the information will be sent to you. House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the John Christian family in 1954 and is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. It is one of the most complete of Wright's designs and represents a pristine example of his Usonian architecture. SAMARA is strictly maintained to the exacting standards set by Mr. Wright. SAMARA contains refinements of over forty innovations by this world famous architect, yet is unique in that it was specifically designed for Dr. Christian and his wife, Catherine, and their daughter, Linda. Adults $10, college students $3, children under 17 are free. Tours last about 1.5 hours.
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1301 Woodland Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906-2371
+1 765-409-5522
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Reviewed 14 May 2017

My wife and I found this Usonian warmer and more personalized than some we've seen. It has a sunken living room and raised dining area which provides the illusion of more space than if there was just one level. The garden is lush and green....More

1  Thank Richard H
Reviewed 4 February 2017

No regular hours so need to check on line schedule for tours. Very interesting history of family who lived there and their relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright.

1  Thank Anna W
Reviewed 25 December 2016

This review is written well after the visit - so may be short on specifics. However, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Samara. It feels the most "home-like" of any of he FLW places we've visited - perhaps because the original owner had occupied it...More

1  Thank LittleNettie
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Lovely example of renowned architect's Frank Lloyd Wright, owned comtinuously by the same family (Purdue professor) since it was first contracted to be built in the 50s. Original furniture and decor. Add to your list if you are a FLW fan!

1  Thank MommiKake
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Of all the Wright Usonians that are open to the public, this is my favorite. The minute you walk in, you want to sit down and stay forever. If you're anywhere within a day's drive of West Lafayette, see it. You do need reservations so...More

2  Thank RNRMT
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Learning the story behind the building of this Frank Lloyd House was fascinating. The house still has almost all of the original furniture and kitchen. It is amazing how much detail went into the structure AND the furnishings. It is a can't miss! I plan...More

1  Thank Bill F
Reviewed 22 August 2016

If you like his work you will enjoy visiting this home. Tour was excellent. Got a sence of Weight's controlling personality. Enjoyed the narration for the tour.

1  Thank Jan19622015
Reviewed 18 August 2016

The SAMARA House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's beautiful Usonian designs. Our guide was well-informed and gave a fascinating tour!

1  Thank jjabkiewicz
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Touring Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara House in West Lafayette, Indiana is easily worth the $10 cost ($3 students; under 17 free). This home is an incredible gem representing the best of Wright's Usonian architectural style from late in his career. Natural elements are integrated and...More

4  Thank Tom P
Reviewed 21 July 2016

This 1950s "Usonian" home by Frank Lloyd Wright has been carefully maintained by the original owner who worked directly with Wright on the design. It's in a secluded residential area, not visible from the street. But a tour will reveal this as a jewel of...More

1  Thank Mack3065
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What hours is it open to view?
21 May 2017|
Response from Richard H | Reviewed this property |
The tours are by reservation only. This is their phone number: 765-409-5522
Are there scheduled tours, or (noting a review) do we make an appointment? Price? - adults, seniors. We're hoping to be in the area 8/5/16.
4 June 2016|
Response from Cindy S | Reviewed this property |
You call and speak to Linda and set up an appointment. It is well worth the effort.