Frank Lloyd Wright is primarily known for his revolution in art and architecture, that dominated much of the last century. His buildings, designs, and techniques can be seen all around the world and especially here in the Valley. Not only did Wright have a passion in conventional architecture, he also had a soft-spot for our canine friends.
In the early 1950s little 12 year-old Jim Berger wanted a home for his beloved black lab, Eddie. You see, Jim, was the son of Robert Berger. Robert built their home in 1951 from the plans of Wright himself. The house is now known as the Robert Berger House and is located in San Anselmo, California. Jimmy wrote several letters to Wright requesting plans for a personalized dog house. He even offered to cover all expenses with his paper route money (ah the 1950s). His only stipulation: it would be have to be easy to build and would go well with the house.
At first, Wright being the busy man he was, declined the request. That did not matter to Jim, he kept on writing. Finally in 1956, the boy received a special delivery. He had finally got his plans, affectionately named “canis domus.” If you want to check out the actual plans, click here. Frank Lloyd: a good guy, Wright?