Linda Halfpop

This past weekend we had the opportunity to spend time with two other couples we hadn’t seen in quite a while. We all took a trip to Independence, Iowa to see a house built by Frank Lloyd Wright, something I had never seen except in photos. This particular home was built in 1950 by Mr. Wright for a couple named Lowell and Agnes Walter. It is the only Iowa structure the architect chose to honor with his signature (actually we saw this in one of the bricks on the house) because he designed the entire home, including all the furnishings, draperies and accessories.

It is situated on the banks of the Wapsipinicon River and has a boat pavilion, and a barbeque pit which he called “The Council Fire.” The land around the home is extensive to say the least and slopes upward to the fire pit and a small house hidden by trees that was the first home the Walters had when they were a young married couple. Mr. Wright wanted them to tear it down because it ruined his “Usonian” design, but they compromised and said he could hide it behind a grove of trees, so he did, he was a real control freak with his designs I believe.

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