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Samara House

1301 Woodland Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906-2371
+1 765-409-5522
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Fascinating hour and a half spent in West Lafayette

We were visiting my son for Parents' weekend at Purdue and this became one of the highlights of our... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Janis G
“Accessible” architecture lovingly presented to Frank Lloyd Wright fans and newbies

The John Christiansons wrote to the famous architect and they won an unlikely prize- a custom... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
John H
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House is open for tours April through November by reservation only. We do not have regular tour times, so they are not posted anywhere. The best way to get the tour information and schedule is to email us and the information will be sent to you. House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the John Christian family in 1954 and is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. It is one of the most complete of Wright's designs and represents a pristine example of his Usonian architecture. SAMARA is strictly maintained to the exacting standards set by Mr. Wright. SAMARA contains refinements of over forty innovations by this world famous architect, yet is unique in that it was specifically designed for Dr. Christian and his wife, Catherine, and their daughter, Linda. Adults $10, college students $3, children under 17 are free. Tours last about 1.5 hours.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1301 Woodland Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906-2371
+1 765-409-5522
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting my son for Parents' weekend at Purdue and this became one of the highlights of our visit. This FLW house is located in a quiet beautiful neighborhood in West Lafayette. Linda, the curator, gives you an amazing tour and insight into how...More

Thank Janis G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The John Christiansons wrote to the famous architect and they won an unlikely prize- a custom designed home for their lot near a highway but close to Purdue University. Working with the great man resulted in small hallways, a expansive living room, a modest dining...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 20 September 2017

This house has low cellings and is very bad. The house can not hold a lot of people. And the house smells bad and the furnitures ugly.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

A Frank Lloyd Wright designed home for a Purdue college professor and his wife. The house has been maintained with its original design and furniture. Our tour group was small and informal but led by a knowledgeable and fun docent. Everyone in our group was...More

1  Thank Helen G
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A visit to the Samara house is finding a gem in West Lafayette, Indiana. This home is an excellent example of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural expertise-- especially considering it's location. Stepping into the house one realizes Wright's special artistry -- you leave Midwest Indiana and...More

Thank Sheryl20172017
Reviewed 29 August 2017

A must-see! I truly felt like a guest in this lovely Frank Lloyd Wright home not a tourist. Whether you are a FLW fan or just looking for something cool to see in West Lafayette you must add SAMARA House to your list! Linda was...More

Thank mmg98
Reviewed 25 July 2017

The setting, exterior and interior of this house are all quite beautiful! There are too many classic FLW Usonian characteristics in this little gem to list them all here. It is definitively Wrightian architecture, yet a very personal portrait of its owners. The Christians' impressive...More

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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

I fail to understand the popularity of Frank Loyd Wright who never saw a design he couldn't turn into a leaky roof and an uncomfortable experience for a person over 5'10". This house is even less special than some of the others I've visited. If...More

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Linda E, General Manager at Samara House, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2017

I'm truly sorry that you did not have a pleasant experience at SAMARA. If there is anything we can do to corrrect that please let us know.

Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Contact first by email as early as possible to join a tour group: $10 adults well worth it. Enter and sit in living room for a very good introduction to FLW and his architectural philosophy and genious. Then more details on this house, its owners,...More

1  Thank mich-weedman
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Tucked away behind the tree line on Northwestern in West Lafayette, IN. To see a Frank Lloyd Wright house that was lived in by a local faculty member for years until he deeded it to the Library. Great tour and insight as to the way...More

1  Thank KA K
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22 May 2017|
Response from Richard H | Reviewed this property |
The tours are by reservation only. This is their phone number: 765-409-5522
5 June 2016|
Response from Cindy S | Reviewed this property |
You call and speak to Linda and set up an appointment. It is well worth the effort.