The recently restored Eppstein House, a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian home, is available for $300/night through Airbnb.
Nestled just north of the Kalamazoo River in Galesburg, Michigan, the Eppstein House, originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, features faithful interior restorations in addition to original furnishings by the iconic designer. Work on the mid-century architectural gem began in 2016 and was completed in December 2017, overseen by owners Marika Broere and Tony Hillebrandt. Although Broere and Hillebrandt plan to open the house to the public once a year, they are already renting it through Airbnb, and the reviews are stellar. Take a peek at some of our favorite comments and home design highlights from the Eppstein House below.
From Tracy, March 2018:
“...We were very excited to stay in a home designed by FLW. We had the best possible weekend, a shut-in enjoying each other’s company and immersing ourselves in the library of books and information about the house and FLW. Marika has done an excellent job of collecting books, objects, and other small touches that make you feel like you are surrounded by the period. It was especially fun to read about the house being built and the family that lived in it...”
From Amie, February 2018:
“Staying in the Eppstein House is a true privilege and, as my husband put it, ‘a bucket list item.’ Being from Chicago, we’re huge fans of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, but never expected to be able to call one of his houses home for the night. Not only is the Eppstein House immaculate, but as soon as you walk inside, you feel like you’ve stepped right into 1953. You can tell that every detail was lovingly curated to stay true to the era...”
From Evan, February 2018:
“I booked this as a surprise for my husband who is an architect and loves FLW. Marika was super helpful and accommodating throughout the entire process. For a non-architect, the house is beautiful and comfortable (and warm—even when it is only 10°F outside!) and a pleasure to stay in. For an architect, it is something much more special. From my husband: ‘When I got to the house, I was confused. I recognized the details and the cantilever structure and I realized that I was standing inside of a masterpiece designed by one of my idols. I’m an architect, but I never thought that I was ever going to be able to actually stay at a Frank Lloyd Wright house. I spent hours exploring the spaces: living room, kitchen, bedroom. Everything is perfect and somewhat surreal. The owner did an amazing job restoring the house, down to every single detail. There are even pictures and original documents which you can spend hours looking at and reading. The location is very private and quiet with beautiful trees and landscaping. You can also see from a distance the other houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This was an unforgettable experience for me that I would recommend to any architect, and to anyone who appreciates architecture.’”
From Joan, January 2018:
“It was such a privilege to enjoy all things Frank Lloyd Wright for a weekend. Instead of walking through an FLW house, you get the chance to explore its many nooks and crannies and wonder at how and why he put all of this together. Plus the personal history of this particular home and community. There are not enough superlatives to describe the quality of the house, the many amenities in the home, the responsiveness of the host. Highly recommended if you love the elegance of mid-century design.”
From Chris, December 2017:
“I had followed the Project Eppstein blog for years, and as soon as this house came available on Airbnb I knew I had to stay here with my friends. We were four in total, all from Montreal. Two of us are long time Frank Lloyd Wright fans. We couldn’t stop raving about everything the house has to offer. It is different from any house we ever stayed in. We kept discovering new corners and angles, and how the natural light comes into the house from skylights and cute little glass inserts, and huge tall windows. There is just so much to see...”
Photography: (All images) Tim Hills/Trystcraft