A beautifully restored example of Usonian architecture, Still Bend was built in the late 1930’s for Two Rivers, Wisconsin businessman Bernard Schwartz and his family. The “Dream House” plans featured in Life Magazine were changed to utilize red brick with tidewater cypress board and batten. The design was also expanded to 4-bedrooms and 2-1/2-baths with a 65-foot long “recreation room” featuring 1-outdoor and 2-indoor fireplaces. Wright designed tables, lamps, seating with built-in bookshelves, chairs, hassocks, beds and fruit bowls. While some of these items remain, many have been lost over time. It remains a beautiful home with the kind of design inspiration unique to the Usonian style. Visiting Still Bend gives one a sense of the passion, genius and imagination Wright could articulate in his architectural creations.
I have been driving by this home for years and how I finally came upon the opportunity to photograph this wonderful residence is another story that I attribute to pure happenstance. I did not have my SLR or interior lenses with me, but made do with the Fuji X100s with its fixed 35mm equivalent lens. Surprisingly the photos capture the essence and beauty of this lovely home.