In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in the Nashville metro area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is…
If you want to live in an actual Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Tennessee, you only have one option. Unfortunately, Chattanooga’s Shavin House isn’t on the market too often. But fear not, architecture fanatic, because Nashville is home to a Wrightian replica that's sure to please. It might not be the real thing, but at least tourists won't be peeking in your windows.
The 4 bed, 5 bath 1999 home sits on just over 2 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The organic materials and low profile have an earthiness that would make the American master proud. Inside, there's a great open flow that's now de rigueur but was pioneered by Wright. The entry hall ceiling is one of my favorite features. It's lit by a dramatic ceiling of glass blocks and warm woodwork which makes for quite a first impression. Another great detail is the interior stonework that makes the house feel solid. The fireplace in the double height, clerestoried great room is not to be missed, since you can literally walk through the multi-tiered structure. There must have been a great window budget for this house, as each one features the unique mullion patterns that were a trademark of Wright's work. Speaking of windows, there's a huge sunroom with woodwork galore and a glass ceiling. It's a room that just feels "Wright."
The tranquil setting is at total harmony with the building. Standouts include the paved courtyard that uses the same stone as the sunroom flo0r. It's softened up nicely by the plantings at its edges. There's also a super serene reflecting pool along one side of the house, very Zen. When you step out onto the upstairs terrace, you realize that the ceiling of the entry hall serves as the floor of this space. And therein lies the beauty of FLW homes: inside in sync with outside, each benefiting the other.
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