Frank Lloyd Wright's DIY Dog HousePublished March 12, 2012
Frank Lloyd Wright Dog House Revived: NBC4!
That boy, Jim Berger, is now the 68-year-old owner of three rescue Beagles. At the time of the letter, his family was living in a Marin County, CA home designed by Wright, and Berger hoped to give his dog, Eddie, a structure just as grand.
Berger explained that he would pay Wright from the money he made from his paper route, according to an AP story on NBC4i.
But Wright came through for Eddie at no charge.
"A house for Eddie is an opportunity," Wright wrote back. He sent the plans later that year.
Berger’s family did build the dog house, and Berger rebuilt it last year with his brother for a documentary film called "Romanza," which features structures Wright designed.
"The story of a 12-year-old kid having the chutzpah to write a letter to the greatest architect of all time and having him design something as modest as a doghouse..., I just knew it was a great story," Michael Miner, who produced and directed the documentary, told the AP.
We can’t help but agree. Pets have proven once again to be a great equalizer and a point of connection, even for a legendary architect and a dog-loving little kid.
“Romanza” will screen at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Ill., on March 25.
Screenings are scheduled to follow in Iowa, Georgia, Florida, New Jersey and New Hampshire. The doghouse will be on hand.
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