sunflower house

July 6, 2019 — 1 Comment

A mid-century round house in Madison, Wisconsin, has just hit the market


Built in 1952-53 by architect James Dresser, who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, the house has a central skylight, curved hallways, cork walls, a mix of wood and cork floors, and a round brick fireplace. It was for some years the architect’s family home.

Structurally, the house is a concrete shell built on a radial framework of curved steel beams. Stylistically, it’s both circular and angular, its round form accented by a series of triangular windows.

The innovative house was featured in a November 1952 edition of Popular Mechanics, which said, in something of rhetorical flourish, that “cobwebs will never collect in the corners” of the new house because “there aren’t any corners.”

A comparison of old and new photos show how the house has been altered over the years, though its basic shape remains unchanged, as do its amazing wood floors –

plywood walls


The original floor plan shows fun details like a round kitchen, round carport and round terrace, some of which no longer exist –

Screen Shot 2019-07-06 at 2.14.07 PM

The asking price for the house is $449K.


One response to sunflower house

    Livon Diramerian July 8, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    A structure better be gentle.

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