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PARKWYN VILLAGE

Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

S.298 – Robert Levin Residence, 2816 Taliesin Drive

S.299, S.299A, S.299B, S.299C – Helen & Ward McCartney Residence,

2662 Taliesin Drive

S.300 & S.300A – Anne & Eric V. Brown Residence, 2806 Taliesin Drive

S.301 – Robert D. Winn Residence, 2822 Taliesin Drive

 

This is one of four Wright designs grouped together on the appropriately named Taliesin Drive in the Parkwyn Village subdivision.  There are 42 lots in the original Parkwyn subdivision plat.  They were originally designed in circular lots, but were later switched to more conventional methods of measuring where one man’s land begin and another’s ends (i.e., straight lines).  Wright had designed several houses, but only four were built using his designs.  Various apprentices and other modern architects designed others home in this subdivision; it is sometimes difficult to discern which ones are the actual Wright designs.  A sampling of look-alike homes is included at the bottom of this page.

 

This area was mainly designed for workers at the nearby Upjohn Company, a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals (although McCartney was a dentist and Winn was an insurance agent).  They were interested in Wright designs but did not want to travel the extra distance to Galesburg (S.294 – S.297) in the days (1948-1950) before the U.S. 12 (later Interstate 94) freeway reached this area (1958).  Three, and maybe four, houses look out on Little Asylum Lake (marked as a pond on some maps), which is part of Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake Preserve – the site of an old state hospital.  Trails approach the lake, and some websites say you can see the houses from those trails.  I have not confirmed this, but bring a long lens if you go.

 

Photographed on May 2, 2016, *July 28, 2013, and in ^September 2006. 

 

 

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S.298 – Robert Levin Residence, 2816 Taliesin Drive

 

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S.299, S.299A, S.299B, S.299C – Helen & Ward McCartney Residence,

2662 Taliesin Drive

 

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Prof. Storrer has assigned four numbers to this project:S.299 for the main house (1949), S.299A for a bedroom addition in 1956, S.299B for a remodeling project in 1956, and S.299C for the addition of a carport.  Unfortunately, this house is a bit far from the road and concealed by trees, so it is difficult to see any of these four components.

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S.300 & S.300A – Anne & Eric V. Brown Residence, 2806 Taliesin Drive

 

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S.301 – Robert D. Winn Residence, 2822 Taliesin Drive

 

This house is reached down a private road.  You will first encounter 2820 Taliesin Drive, a Usonian that was not designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

 

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Neighboring homes that have Wright-like styling, but are not by Wright

 

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2820 Taliesin

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2702 Taliesin

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Lorraine Ave.

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2803 Taliesin

 

 

Revised 05/27/2016

 

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