Rosenbaum House - Florence, Alabama
Rosenbaum House - Florence, Alabama

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Built in 1939 by Frank Lloyd Wright for Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum, the Rosenbaum House is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Architecture critic Peter Blake wrote that “during the 1930s, Wright built four structures of a beauty unexcelled in America before or since.” One of the four was the Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama.

The Rosenbaum House was the first of dozens of Usonian houses that Wright built.

Usonian refers to a group of approximately sixty middle-income family homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright beginning in 1934. The "Usonian Homes" are typically small, single-story dwellings without a garage or much storage. They are often L-shaped to fit around a garden terrace on unusual and inexpensive sites.

The Rosenbaum House is one of the purest examples of the Usonian style. Wright eliminated the basement and attic, embedded the heating system within the concrete floor to provide radiant heat, centralized the mechanical systems, built in the furniture and lighting. Thus, Wright made great strides in developing a simpler, more efficient house suited to the informality of the middle-class American lifestyle.

The Rosenbaums remained the sole owners and occupants of the house until 1999 when they donated the house to the city of Florence. The Rosenbaum House was restored by the city and opened as a public museum in 2002.

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Rosenbaum House Tours, Contact Info and Location Map

Rosenbaum House Tours:
Tuesday thru Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are led by experienced interpreters.
Admissions and gift shop is located across the street from the Rosenbaum House.
Rosenbaum House
601 Riverview Drive
Florence, AL 35630 (click to view a map)

From the Natchez Trace - Exit the parkway near milepost 336 onto Alabama Highway 20 OR near milepost 333 onto Lauderdale County Road 14 and travel east 15 miles to Florence.

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