Monday, April 22, 2013


I stole this from the website Letters Of Note. I'm not ashamed of it.

If you've never been to that site before, you should check it out. They have some fantastic letters on there and they're in the process of putting together a book of all the best ones.

This might be my favorite, though.

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most famous architects in the world and his work is truly amazing. I've never gotten to see any of it in person, but I did see a recreation of one at the MET in New York. It was fantastic.

But this... this I love even more.

Wright designed a home for a man named Bob Berger in 1950. In 1956, Berger's son decided that the family dog, Eddie, needed a house of his own in the backyard. But 12-year-old Jim, didn't want just any old doghouse. He wanted it to have a similar look and feel to his own. He figured the best way to do that was to write a letter to Frank Lloyd Wright and ask him to design it. He offered to pay with the money he earned on his paper route.

Wright was too busy initially, but told Jim to ask again in a few months. Jim did just that, and Wright supplied plans for a doghouse.

Jim's father followed the plans and built the house for the family dog.

Eddie hated it and refused to use it, but still.

You can read the whole post (with photocopies of all the letters and the blueprints) here.

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