David and Christine Weisblat House

People: William Wesley Peters , Frank Lloyd Wright

Date: 1951

City: Galesburg

David and Christine Weisblat House, Galesburg. Michigan State Historic Preservation Office file photo.

The Weisblats moved into their house in 1951. It was the first Acres home completed, despite the bankers’ dire predictions that Christine “would get a sunstroke from the skylight in the kitchen,” and that the carport roof would eventually fall in.

Like the Eppstein and Pratt homes, it was designed using Wright’s “in-line” plan. The workspace, living, and dining areas are again nearer to the street toward the southern end of the plan, while the original bedrooms and baths are lined up along a gallery running north.

Also like the Eppstein and Pratt homes, and the other homes in The Acres, the Weisblats participated in the construction of their home. To construct the concrete blocks for their home, the Weisblats hired “a crew of young men most of whom didn’t know beans about anything.” The process was made all the more difficult because the designs Wright sent for the blocks had no instructions. The family spent many winter evenings figuring out how to make the blocks.

The Weisblat House is also of handmade, solid, and perforated concrete block and mahogany. Inside, the only major room without windows is the workspace. A door to the small, walled yard at the southeast corner of the house allows some light inside, but the primary source of light in the workspace is a skylight that was part of Wright’s original plan.

In 1961, an addition, designed by John Howe and William Wesley Peters, was made to the Weisblat House, adding a long gallery, a utility room, a full bath, another study, a green house, and a potting shed. Though it differs somewhat in construction method, “it seems a natural extension of the original house.” A fourteen-by-twenty-foot pond was also dug at this time.

Other than the 1961 addition, no other changes were made to the Weisblat house, and all interior and exterior surfaces retain their originally specified finishes.

It should also be noted that, fifty-nine years later, Christine never did suffer from sunstroke, nor has the carport roof ever collapsed.