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Friday, January 09, 2009 - Cleveland Plain Dealer - Laura DeMarco - Friday magazine editor

Louis Penfield House,

Willoughby Hills: How many chances do most people have to stay in an actual Frank Lloyd Wright house? Not many. That's why it's so surprising Clevelanders don't know about an opportunity right in our back yard (er, Willoughby Hills). The Louis Penfield house, one of about 100 residential "Usonian" houses designed by the master architect, was built in 1955 on 30 wooded acres in Lake County.

As with most Wright houses, it embodies his principles of organic architecture, taking advantage of the specific site and terrain available. Unlike most Wright homes, the Penfield House has unusually tall windows and doorways, as Louis Penfield, a high school art teacher, was 6-foot-8.

The house is available for rentals of two nights or more throughout the year, and it can house up to five people. Rates are $275 per night plus tax and provide access to the entire house. Call 440-942-9996 or go to for availability.