The famed architect’s Laurent House, years ahead of its time, showed how accessible design could have style and function
Nearly 30 years after Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, accessible-design advocates say there’s still plenty of work to be done to make the built environment just as accommodating for people with disabilities as it is for everybody else. But Erick Mikiten, a California architect with a specialty in universal design, points out one striking example of accessible design from which homeowners, other pros and accessibility champions could learn a lot. And it predates the ADA by more than three decades.
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laurent House, completed in Rockford, Illinois, in 1952, is the only Wright property built specifically for a disabled homeowner.
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Credit: Article by Gwendolyn Purdom, Houzz Editorial Staff
Photos by Nels Akerlund