The information we have is that Wright was told that the college would need about 20 houses for faculty members. Wright laid out a rough general site plan situating 14 of the houses just to the east of the present day Wright-designed campus (along Columbia Way), between South Ingraham and Harvard Road), however there does not appear to be an attempt to specifically situate this particular house on one of those sites because the project did not progress that far. Because the college was applying for FHA loans to construct these houses, only one was more fully developed, with a site plan, floor plan, elevations and a rendering, for the purpose of obtaining approval from the bank for the loan. While the site plan is believed to have been somewhere alongColumbia Way, there are no drawings specifically linking the specific site plan to the general site plan. In any event, the specific site plan clearly illustrates the situation of the house on the plan, including which direction the house was to face. Fortunately, our new site plan a few blocks away is nearly identical to that drawn by Wright in terms of size and orientation. Therefore, the plan of the house is accurately situated in the north/south direction, and its relationship to the street to the east is also accurate. This was understood to be a basic requirement of the project because Wright designed his houses with orientation in mind.
Jeff Baker, Project Architect
Mesick, Cohen, Wilson, Baker, Architects, LLP