john lautner’s pensacola round house

August 19, 2010 — Leave a comment

John Lautner, a prominent disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, was attracted to round forms.

His round house in Pensacola, Florida, built in 1958, is said to be in near-mint condition today.  Reflecting the period in which the house was built, its basement apparently contains a bomb shelter with a 30-inch-thick reinforced concrete ceiling, a hand pump well, a charcoal-filtered air system, and an escape tunnel.

Nearly all of Lautner’s other structures, including some round ones, are in California.

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