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Wright by the Night

 

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With the crash of the financial and housing markets "the timing could not have been worse," explains Eckstein. And because the house is registered with the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, it can't be significantly remodeled.

Finally, in January 2009, Eckstein found a buyer: Jeffrey Schox, a patent lawyer living in San Francisco, and his wife, Kathryn, both U-M alums, agreed to pay $900,000. Jeff had always loved Frank Lloyd Wright and was familiar with the house from having jogged by it when he was in school.

Jeff's parents, Plymouth residents Gary and Sue Cox, spent the next three months getting the house ready for occupancy, including upgrading the plumbing and electrical systems, but the only visible change was to put a double bed in what had been Mary Louise's bedroom so that two couples could stay in the house. It's custom made to match the trapezoidal design Wright created for the master bedroom.

The Coxes say their guests include Wright aficionados, high-level U-M visitors, and people coming to Ann Arbor for another reason who are just looking for a place to stay. Unlike the FLW fans--who know so much that one started finishing Sue's sentences during a tour--the last group is often oblivious to its history. The Coxes particularly enjoy seeing how this last group reacts to the one-of-a-kind house.

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