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Frank Lloyd Wright doghouse unveiled

January 30, 2012 |
Tim Gregorski

Eddie's house, a doghouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Robert Berger home in San Anselmo, Calif. was presented live onstage following the World premiere screening of the Wright California documentary "Romanza".

The house, which was re-built in 2010 by original client Jim Berger along with brother Eric, was a hit with the audience, most of whom remained to view it in the theater lobby immediately after the screening. Berger was only 12 years old in 1956 when he wrote and asked Wright to design a house for his black Labrador Retriever Eddie. Wright provided complete working drawings for the house, which was eventually built by Jim's father Robert and brother Steve around 1963, after Jim had grown up and joined the army.

In the 1970's, apparently not understanding it's historical significance, mother Gloria directed Eric Berger to take the doghouse and dispose of it in the city dump. 

For the next year, "Romanza" producer  Michael Miner will be on a lecture/screening tour with the film, and will be bringing along  Eddie's house, along with the blueprints for the house, and the original correspondence between Wright and Jim, so that audiences will be able to get an up close look. Eddie's house is recognized as the smallest structure, and the only doghouse ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. BD+C

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