Kaneji Domoto in Usonia
October 12, 2019
The community of Usonia in Pleasantville, NY, founded in 1944, 35 miles north of New York City, is the only fully realized example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for an exurban United States and a unique example of what it meant to design, and live, within Wright’s milieu. Wright designed the site plan and served on the building committee, defining the architectural style for the community. He eventually designed three of the cooperative’s 47 homes. Five of the remaining houses were designed by Kaneji Domoto, who used the houses to translate Wright’s idiom to low-cost construction.
Domoto, born to a Japanese immigrant family in Northern California, studied with Wright at Taliesin prior to forced internment during World War II. After the War, he settled in New Rochelle, NY, where he spent the next four decades practicing architecture and landscape architecture. His five Usonia houses, the first of his independent practice, show Domoto exploring architectural style, including his references to Japanese design, and his connection to landscape architecture.
The tour will be led by Lynnette Widder, who owns Domoto’s 1949-1950 Lurie House, which she renovated. She has curated three exhibitions on Domoto and is working on a book about his career. The tour will include visits with residents of all five houses.
Time, meeting location, transportation details and registration information to be announced in September.
This tour is part of DOCOMOMO US Tour Day 2019.
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