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Samara House

1301 Woodland Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906-2371
+1 765-409-5522
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One of FLW's Finest

The setting, exterior and interior of this house are all quite beautiful! There are too many... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
O'Fallon, Missouri, USA
What a crock

I fail to understand the popularity of Frank Loyd Wright who never saw a design he couldn't turn... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1301 Woodland Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906-2371
+1 765-409-5522
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The setting, exterior and interior of this house are all quite beautiful! There are too many classic FLW Usonian characteristics in this little gem to list them all here. It is definitively Wrightian architecture, yet a very personal portrait of its owners. The Christians' impressive...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I fail to understand the popularity of Frank Loyd Wright who never saw a design he couldn't turn into a leaky roof and an uncomfortable experience for a person over 5'10". This house is even less special than some of the others I've visited. If...More

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Linda E, General Manager at Samara House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I'm truly sorry that you did not have a pleasant experience at SAMARA. If there is anything we can do to corrrect that please let us know.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Contact first by email as early as possible to join a tour group: $10 adults well worth it. Enter and sit in living room for a very good introduction to FLW and his architectural philosophy and genious. Then more details on this house, its owners,...More

1  Thank mich-weedman
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Tucked away behind the tree line on Northwestern in West Lafayette, IN. To see a Frank Lloyd Wright house that was lived in by a local faculty member for years until he deeded it to the Library. Great tour and insight as to the way...More

1  Thank KA K
Reviewed 14 May 2017

My wife and I found this Usonian warmer and more personalized than some we've seen. It has a sunken living room and raised dining area which provides the illusion of more space than if there was just one level. The garden is lush and green....More

2  Thank Richard H
Reviewed 4 February 2017

No regular hours so need to check on line schedule for tours. Very interesting history of family who lived there and their relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright.

2  Thank Anna W
Reviewed 25 December 2016

This review is written well after the visit - so may be short on specifics. However, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Samara. It feels the most "home-like" of any of he FLW places we've visited - perhaps because the original owner had occupied it...More

2  Thank LittleNettie
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Lovely example of renowned architect's Frank Lloyd Wright, owned comtinuously by the same family (Purdue professor) since it was first contracted to be built in the 50s. Original furniture and decor. Add to your list if you are a FLW fan!

2  Thank MommiKake
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Of all the Wright Usonians that are open to the public, this is my favorite. The minute you walk in, you want to sit down and stay forever. If you're anywhere within a day's drive of West Lafayette, see it. You do need reservations so...More

3  Thank RNRMT
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Learning the story behind the building of this Frank Lloyd House was fascinating. The house still has almost all of the original furniture and kitchen. It is amazing how much detail went into the structure AND the furnishings. It is a can't miss! I plan...More

2  Thank Bill F
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21 May 2017|
Response from Richard H | Reviewed this property |
The tours are by reservation only. This is their phone number: 765-409-5522
4 June 2016|
Response from Cindy S | Reviewed this property |
You call and speak to Linda and set up an appointment. It is well worth the effort.