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Dorothy Ann Adams and Sterling E. Kinney House

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1960, Frank Lloyd Wright. 4009 Ranch-to-Market Rd. 1061

Sited along a draw (low ground between two ridges) in the countryside northwest of Amarillo, this house is one of four buildings in Texas built to Wright’s designs. For his clients, both lawyers, Wright produced a T-plan Usonian house built of dark red brick, its battered walls overhung by thick, lapped-wood fascias. Clerestories are inserted beneath raised roof planes to bring natural light to the interior. Irregularly serrated openings, created by leaving (glass-filled) gaps in the brick walls, provide additional sources of illumination. Wright-designed cabinetwork and furniture (some of it crafted by Sterling Kinney) complement the house’s red-stained concrete floors. A southwest-facing garden court is outlined by a low, semicircular brick wall. Allen Lape Davison was Wright’s project architect for this house. In 2004 the Kinney daughters, following their parents’ deaths, sold the property to a new owner who carried out a comprehensive restoration of the house, which was intact but in need of maintenance.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Dorothy Ann Adams and Sterling E. Kinney House", [Amarillo, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 348-348.

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