|Richers residence, living room elevation.|
Though Lantz often explored the architectural possibilities of hexagonal modules and curved walls (as did Wright in his later years) he eschewed them in the Richers residence in pursuit of good architecture on a budget. The construction was supervised by Lantz and completed in four months for $21,500, including land, well, septic system, and architectural fee. Lantz accomplished this remarkable feat through four disciplined strategies:
- The plan is a rectangle that can be roofed with one scissors truss profile.
- The single truss profile is tilted at each end of the plan to create a quasi-hip roof that "returns" the eye to the ground and conceals the different angles between outside roof and inside vaulted ceiling.
- The living space is stacked over the garage and family room, putting the basement to practical use; this also allows the important rooms to take advantage of vaulted ceilings (a concept Wright used in the Heurtly and Coonley houses early in his career).
- Concrete block is used as a finish material inside and out, including the fireplace. Lantz devised a double block wall application to allow for insulation and a thermal break.
|Upper level floor plan.|
|Master bedroom mitered glass corner and six foot roof overhang.|
|Wall of glass (including mitered glass corners) and vaulted ceiling in living room.|
|Concrete block fireplace dividing dining and living areas.|
|Mrs. Richers in the kitchen with her son Marshall.|
"The thing that determines whether a house succeeds of fails is whether it makes a truthful statement about the people who live in it. I think a sensitive person could look around this house and make a judgement about us that I wouldn't mind."
|A "look through" connects the kitchen with the entry area.|