Addition 1995 (Blueprints also available for the second addition designed by Wright.) The addition was built by renowned Midwest contractor Dick Young, protege of Bud Moltz, the original builder of the Alvin Miller Residence. Mr. Young has indicated his willingness to create the interior restorative work needed on this home.
1107 Court Street, Charles City, IA. Floyd County 2.5 hours south of Minneapolis, MN and 2.5 hours north of Des Moines, IA On interstate 35 and west on the four-lane avenue of the Saints directly into Charles City.
The Alvin Miller Usonian Home was constructed with limestone, concrete, glass and red tidewater cypress in both the interior and exterior. The addition, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was added in 1995 creating a 2939 sq. ft. home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a carport, an outdoor gazebo and fountain. The home is located on approximately one wooded acre with breath-taking views of the Cedar River and the Main Street Bridge in downtown Charles City. The Alvin Miller Home and the Main Street Bridge are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wright brought the "outside in" by designing 175 floor-to-ceiling window, clerestory windows and extraordinary patios protected by ten foot cantilevers. The living room, guest room and master bedroom overlook the river. Cypress wood and natural, local limestone were used in the exterior and interior construction of the original home and the 1995 addition.
The home received flood water in 2008 but has been completely cleaned, sanitized and structurally inspected. The necessary interior work: some interior walls, kitchen cabinets, bathroom fixtures, HVAC, wiring and plumbing, estimated at $150,000. The gardens planted by Dr. Miller's wife, and the original retaining wall also still exist. Blueprints for the home and both additions are included with the purchase price.