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The dining room has a spectacular view of the river below and conveys a sense of prospect and refuge.

Restoration of the Luis Marden house, McLean, VA.

Restoration of the Luis Marden house, McLean, VA.

  • The dining room has a spectacular view of the river below and conveys a sense of prospect and refuge.

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    The dining room has a spectacular view of the river below and conveys a sense of prospect and refuge.

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    Robert Lautman

    The dining room has a spectacular view of the river below and conveys a sense of prospect and refuge.

  • The linear house perches near the edge of Potomac River rapids.

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    The linear house perches near the edge of Potomac River rapids.

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    The linear house perches near the edge of Potomac River rapids.

  • The contractor restored the entire structure of this 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright house. Architect Richard Williams chose period furnishings that respect the houses authority and powerful setting.

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    The contractor restored the entire structure of this 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright house. Architect Richard Williams chose period furnishings that respect the houses authority and powerful setting.

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    Robert Lautman

    The contractor restored the entire structure of this 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright house. Architect Richard Williams chose period furnishings that respect the houses authority and powerful setting.

  • The site and floor plan.

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    The site and floor plan.

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    The site and floor plan.

  • The house??s simplicity and massing, shown here in the entry court, recall other late Usonian houses.

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    The house??s simplicity and massing, shown here in the entry court, recall other late Usonian houses.

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    Robert Lautman

    The house's simplicity and massing, shown here in the entry court, recall other late Usonian houses.

  • The restoration included refurbishing original red concrete floors, shown here in the guest room.

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    The restoration included refurbishing original red concrete floors, shown here in the guest room.

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    Robert Lautman

    The restoration included refurbishing original red concrete floors, shown here in the guest room.

  • Few of Wright??s buildings from his Usonian period were sited with such a dramatic backdrop as this project by Williams.

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    Few of Wright??s buildings from his Usonian period were sited with such a dramatic backdrop as this project by Williams.

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    Few of Wright's buildings from his Usonian period were sited with such a dramatic backdrop as this project by Williams.

  • Here, the living and dining room areas are seen at dawn. The kitchen received new high-end cabinetry and concrete countertops.

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    Here, the living and dining room areas are seen at dawn. The kitchen received new high-end cabinetry and concrete countertops.

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    Robert Lautman

    Here, the living and dining room areas are seen at dawn. The kitchen received new high-end cabinetry and concrete countertops.

  • Original recessed down lights, like those in the master bedroom, were restored and supplemented with atmospheric lighting.

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    Original recessed down lights, like those in the master bedroom, were restored and supplemented with atmospheric lighting.

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    Robert Lautman

    Original recessed down lights, like those in the master bedroom, were restored and supplemented with atmospheric lighting.

  • Cupped and damaged mahogany ceilings panels were repaired and put back together.

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    Cupped and damaged mahogany ceilings panels were repaired and put back together.

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    Cupped and damaged mahogany ceilings panels were repaired and put back together.

richard williams architects
washington, d.c.

Painstaking surgery restored this 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright house, poised delicately above the Potomac River rapids. Part of the restoration team, Richard Williams, FAIA, chose serene, understated interior elements that play to Wright’s tune—a new kitchen with concrete counters, Xenon undercabinet lighting in the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms, and vintage furniture. “The new high-end cabinetry and lighting helped bring everything into sharper contrast and focus,” Williams says.

Citing the technical skill evident, a judge noted that “somebody obviously spent a lot of time and money to put it all back together.”


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product details

cooktop: Wolf, www.wolfappliance.com; dishwasher: Miele, www.mieleusa.com; garbage disposer: InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; kitchen fittings: Dornbracht, www.dornbracht.com; kitchen fixtures: Blanco, www.blancoamerica.com; lighting fixtures: Radiant Lighting, www.radiantlighting.com; refrigerator: Sub-Zero, www.subzero.com