HOUSE HISTORY: The owners are pleased to announce the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gerald B. Tonkens House is available for purchase. This home has been continuously lived in by the Tonkens family, maintained to a superb standard and lauded by numerous architectural luminaries including the contractor of this home, Eric Lloyd Wright and Stuart Greenspan, former editor-in-chief of ART & AUCTION who said of this home “The extraordinary sensitivity of the ensemble, the house set within its landscape and open to the out-of-doors, the extreme care with which the elements were used and its consistency of scale make this perhaps the most seductive house I have ever been in.”
This best-of-breed Usonian Automatic home is set on over 4 private park-like acres on one of the finest streets in Cincinnati’s Amberley Village. Built to Wright’s exacting standards using 11 different patterns of concrete block with over 400 inset windows creating a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor light show.
Features include interiors paneled in Philippine Mahogany, bedroom wing ceilings gilded in 18K gold-leaf, grand 13’ 6” high living & dining rooms anchored by a massive fireplace, a masterfully outfitted and updated cooks’ kitchen, a long library/gallery entry hall, a private study, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and fantastical outdoor spaces including an attached carport/shed which further extends Wright’s inspiration into the landscape. Included in the sale is a separate guest cottage on the property of an earlier vintage.
This home is being offered with the original Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture specified for this residence. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to own both a home and an incomparable work of art.
Square footage: 2,100+ conditioned square feet Number of Bedrooms: 3; Number of Bathrooms: 2 full. Master bedroom includes abundant closets, en-suite bath & private study. Details of construction materials: concrete blocks of 11 different custom patterns, Philippine mahogany and glass Acreage: 4.088 acres, flat & rolling, mature trees and landscaping, near a pastoral city park, abundant flora, fauna and wildlife. The house sits atop a knoll and cannot be seen from the street. Winding Cherokee Red-stained drive with two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed street-level entry gates.