Chasing Frank Lloyd Wright: October 6

October 6, 2018. Our day started with breakfast at the Courageous Bakery. On a Saturday morning it’s a busy place. I can see why. Delicious food, and a great menu. After the better part of a week eating rich food I went with the oatmeal: steel cut oats, house made granola, fresh blueberries, brown sugar, wildflower honey, touch of cream. My standard breakfast is oatmeal, so this was like comfort food. A good bowl of oatmeal keeps me satisfied until lunch.

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After breakfast we thought we’d have a leisurely drive to West Lafayette, Indiana. We didn’t account for crossing a time zone though, which took an hour out of our day.  With a quick stop at a road side rest, we grabbed the bread, cheese, salami and fruit we had, and ate on the road arriving at Samara House just in time for our 2 PM tour.

The Samara House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s later designs, and much different in many ways than his earlier Prairie School designs. This is one of his Usonian Designs.

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When we arrived at the house, we parked and had to hunt a bit for the front door. As with most of Wright’s houses, he wants to lead you on a journey to find the front entrance.

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Later we thought it might be fun to tour the campus of Purdue University, which is also in West Lafayette. Not knowing our way around though, and being a Saturday, we stopped at the Greyhouse Coffee and Supply to regroup. We ducked into the doorway just as a torrential downpour let loose.

Back on the road, the rain gave way to a rainbow and we decided to get off the main highway and look for an opportunity to photograph some of the countryside.

Our final destination for the day was Elwood, a small town of about 8400. We had reservations for a lovely B&B in an old Victorian house. Once settled in we were off to dinner at the Tin Plate Restaurant.

tjp_1916_3460We split an order of a pulled pork sandwich and wings, both listed as the house specialties. Good food, but the local knowledge seems to favor the tenderloin.

 

Author: treve

When I'm not creating architectural photos for clients (see my primary website at www.treve.com), I like to travel, hike, kayak and enjoy other artistic and cultural pursuits. I'm also concerned about environmental and social issues and issues of faith.

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