Frank Lloyd Wright's E.E. Boynton House
Completed in 1908, the Boynton House is a stunning early example of celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic prairie style. It is the easternmost residence designed by Wright in the United States and the only Wright building in Rochester, New York. The property was subdivided in the 1920s, resulting in a loss of nearly half of the landscape and gardens – severing the house’s unique relationship to the site. The remarkable cantilevered porch was also closed in during this time and a small garage was built to reflect the Wright style. Successive owners lived in the property for the next 80 years and while the house served several loving owners, it suffered from termite damage, roof problems, a host of structural issues and consecutive garden revisions.
The house was purchased in 2009 by private owners who formed a Trust with goal of restoring the house and rehabilitating the gardens in a manner that both provided modern amenities and stayed true to Wright’s original vision of the house as it relates to the landscape. Adhering to the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, both the design team and owners performed extensive primary research with original Wright drawings, historic archives, materials analysis and in consultation with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West. In order to achieve the owner’s goals, site features that were once lost, or those that were found in drawings but never fully realized, were then reinterpreted and rearranged on the smaller site.
Bayer Landscape Architecture was responsible for historic research, all site conceptual and detailed design, construction documents and construction administration of the property and gardens. The firm also closely collaborated with the owner and the owner’s building architect on the restoration of building features, historic preservation review and certificate of appropriateness approvals, and the placement of the new garage. The landscape architect continues to work with the owner to evaluate the performance of site features and advise on the ongoing maintenance of the property.
Rochester, New York
Historic Research, Master Planning, Regulatory Approvals, Design, Construction Documentation & Administration
2014 Award for Design Excellence
American Institute of Architects, Rochester Chapter
2013 Honor Award
American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Upstate Chapter