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Experience Organic Design At Glenbrow in October

In an ongoing celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday year, Columbus Landmarks is showcasing Modern Design and opportunities to...

In an ongoing celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday year, Columbus Landmarks is showcasing Modern Design and opportunities to experience Wright’s influence right here in Columbus.  Join us for two unique events — a discussion and tour led by a pair of hands-on preservationists who have saved the once endangered Usonian gem on East Broad Street called Glenbrow.

Glenbrow (also known as the Gunning House) is a mid-20th Century, Organic Modernist house that embodies Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian principles of architecture as interpreted by Wright disciples, Tony Smith, Laurence Cuneo and Ted Van Fossen (who went on to design Rush Creek Village).

Built in 1940 with lime and sandstone that was quarried on-site, and board and batten cypress horizontal siding, Glenbrow was purchased in 2014 after appearing on Columbus Landmarks’ “Most Endangered Buildings” list. The house sat vacant, open to the elements for many years with only minimal maintenance since 2006. The site highlights to perfection the integral relationship between landscape and architecture. Built into a hillside on a wooded ravine overlooking a bedrock bottom creek, floor to ceiling windows take full advantage of dramatic views.

The property also features a studio and covered walkway overlooking a “Zen” garden, a stone water feature, a pond, a former tennis court (now in the process of being reclaimed by natural ground cover) and a four-story tower –added in 1964–that will become an artist’s retreat in the near future.

Columbus Landmarks is honored to offer these one-of-a-kind experiences with thanks to Dorri and Joe for their time and gracious invitation.


Saving Glenbrow: A Conversation with
Joe Kuspan & Dorri Steinhoff at Long Street Studio
Sunday, October 1
1:30-3 p.m.
$10

 

 

Join Dorri and Joe as they share a detailed account of salvaging and restoring Glenbrow, the once-endangered Usonian property located on East Broad Street near Blacklick. Designed for the Gunning Family in 1940, the buildings on site were vacant, deteriorated and threatened with redevelopment until Dorri and Joe made the commitment to rehabilitate See before and after photos that bring the  story to life and learn about the history of the designers Smith, Van Fossen and Cuneo, as well as the former homeowners, the Gunning Family. Coffee and cookies will be served.

The talk will take place at Long Street Studio in the Gathering Room, 300 East Long Street, corner of North 6th and East Long Streets in the same building as The Roosevelt Coffeehouse. Special thanks to Milhoan Architects for the use of the space.


Glenbrow/Gunning House Tour
An exclusive, Columbus Landmarks Foundation members-only event
Sunday, October 8, 1-4 p.m.
$45

 

 

Join us for a special afternoon at Glenbrow, the home of Dorri Steinhoff and Joe Kuspan. Get a rare, insiders look into one of Columbus’ most incredible examples of historic salvation. CLF Board Member Dave Vottero, Director of Architectural Design at Schooley Caldwell, helped advocate for the property for many years and envision possibilities for saving the property from demolition. Local architect and owner Joe Kuspan will share a personal story of the three year transformation from ruin to an architectural gem. Tour the house and beautiful gardens while enjoying mimosas and coffee with savories and sweets.

Meet at Columbus Landmarks, 57 Jefferson Avenue, where a chartered motor coach will take you to Glenbrow. Bus leaves promptly at 1 p.m., so please arrive by 12:45.  (Group transportation is required for this event due to traffic conditions and limited on-site parking.) Glenbrow is not handicap accessible and is situated on uneven terrain featuring many steps. Please be aware of these considerations and wear appropriate shoes. Space is limited for this very special, members only tour, so RSVP’s are first-come, first served.

 

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