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“Architectural treasure”
Review of Samara House

Samara House
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: House is open for tours April through November by reservation only. We do not have regular tour times, so they are not posted anywhere. The best way to get the tour information and schedule is to email us and the information will be sent to you. House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the John Christian family in 1954 and is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. It is one of the most complete of Wright's designs and represents a pristine example of his Usonian architecture. SAMARA is strictly maintained to the exacting standards set by Mr. Wright. SAMARA contains refinements of over forty innovations by this world famous architect, yet is unique in that it was specifically designed for Dr. Christian and his wife, Catherine, and their daughter, Linda. Adults $10, college students $3, children under 17 are free. Tours last about 1.5 hours.
West Lafayette
Level 6 Contributor
431 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Architectural treasure”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

I took a Samara tour as part of an architectural history class. At that time the tour was given by Dr. John Christian, the Purdue professor who had Frank Lloyd Wright design the house for him and his wife in the 1950s. You can't get much closer to the architectural origins than that. Through the years, Dr. Christian has added numerous details to more fully realize Wright's vision for this particular Usonian home. It's rare to find such a perfect, accessible specimen of Wright's work.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Masterpiece”
Reviewed April 30, 2012

The most important part of visiting Samara is that Dr. John E. Christian, the original owner lives in the house and was part of the tour. Dr. Christian is now 94 years old yet is sharp and conversed with us throughout the tour. Linda Eales, the curator of the house led us through the tour, which not only included the details of construction and furniture, but also the beautiful gardens which surround the house. This house is in excellent condition, as Dr. Christian obviously knows the historical value of this significant home.

I highly recommend a visit to Samara if you are anywhere near West Lafayette Indiana.

Visited April 2012
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Lafayette, Indiana
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lived in”
Reviewed March 1, 2012

Wonderful to see Frank Lloyd Wright designed home still being enjoyed by the original homeowner

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Boca Raton, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Still a private home”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

Neat to be able to see a FLW house but still a private home. The day visited there was a distinct musty, moldy smell permeating the premises.

Visited January 2012
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West Lafayette, IN
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful Usonian Frank Lloyd Wright home”
Reviewed August 17, 2010

Please note that this house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

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