Shortly after Robert Green returned to his Georgia home from his 1958-1959 apprenticeship at Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright’s school), he designed then supervised the construction of a remarkable house for a C&S Bank executive named William Copeland and his family in 1960.
That remarkable house is now for sale for $950,000.00. Jason Wieloch and I are co-listing the property.
“Nobody buys a Wright house by mistake or coincidence” said Ron Scherubel, the retired Executive Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.
Ron also said that the market for a Wright house “is a narrow market. It’s an active market. And it can be a lucrative market…most of the time, buyers pay a 25 to 40 percent premium because it’s a Wright design.”
Usonian design is Mr. Wright’s coined term for his simple style that enabled the integration of structure with the natural order of the landscape.
The Copeland House typifies Usonian design.
Robert Green, a native Georgian, mastered geometric, modular, accessible construction. With The Copeland House in 1960, he truly fused artisan real estate with an urban, natural landscape as his first “post-Wright” project.
The Copeland House is private, and sited on a lush property that brings the outside in with extensive, glassy grandeur.
Mr. Green’s return created an upstairs study/den/office by enclosing a porch above the 2 car carport.
Mr. Brito’s renovation project won an award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. He created a new kitchen, bath and master bedroom within the existing space configuration. “Georgia’s best example of Wrightian, mid-century modern architecture.”
The Copeland House demonstrates the vital influence of Frank Lloyd Wright on Robert Green with low sloped roofs, bold, cantilevered overhangs, open living spaces , a central chimney, variable ceiling heights and abundant use of redwood, cypress wood, brick and glass.
The dentate mouldings, built in furniture and elegant fixtures reveal a timeless quality that exists with so few houses. The renovations from 1998 are a classic, wholesale update that complements all of the original features and design elements.
The house for sale today has so many dramatic and adorable features. This week, I’ll write a few articles that discuss the highlights in more detail!