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David M. and Hattie Amberg House

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1910, Frank Lloyd Wright. 505 College Ave. SE
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

This house was constructed under the direction of Herman Von Holst and Marion Mahony for David M. Amberg, a wholesale liquor dealer, while Wright was in Europe. Late in October 1909, Wright had abruptly turned over to Von Holst the total operation of the studio, including the completion of his commissions at the preliminary stage, among them the Amberg house. The design is no doubt Wright's, with Von Holst and Mahony contributing to the final touches, as was the case with the E. P. Irving residence in Decatur, Illinois, in 1909. The two-story brick house has a low gable roof with wide overhangs, porch, and bands of horizontal windows. The interior is arranged with an extended L plan and has notable detailing.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "David M. and Hattie Amberg House", [Grand Rapids, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 258-258.

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