Site & Land Use Analysis
Green Roof Design
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
The Krauss House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1951, is a well-preserved architectural gem that is now owned by the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park (FLWHEP) non-profit. The home is notable for its complex geometry and strong relationship to the surrounding picturesque landscape of Ebsworth Park (formerly part of the home’s estate).
Tucked into the hillside beyond the Kruass House, the new Visitor Center is in quiet dialog with the home and landscape. The elegant pavilion-like Visitor Center includes a flexible-use reception, classroom, gallery and gift shop space which can be re-arranged or cleared for larger events; an administrative area; and a library and archive space.
The circulation into and through the landscape was carefully studied. Proposed site improvements include: new entryway and driveway plantings to create multi-seasonal visual interest for the long approach up to the home; a succession planting plan for the iconic persimmon grove though which the Krauss House is first seen; replanting key historical landscape elements; tucking the Visitor Center and parking area into the hillside, screening them from initial view; sustainable site improvements such as rain gardens, lawn replacement to meadow and a green roof; a patio space that opens into a outdoor amphitheater for larger events; a path leading to the Krauss House and new pathways leading through the surrounding meadow and forest areas of Ebsworth Park.