LEWISBURG — One of the pleasures of working in real estate is seeing beautiful homes, but Nicolette Wayand recently found an unexpected gem to share with local residents.
“I obviously deal with real estate on a day-to-day basis, and I see all kinds of things in the area,” said Wayand, an agent with TEU Real Estate Corporation for five years. “I also list and sell homes outside of Lewisburg, but I’ve never come across anything like this in our part of Pennsylvania.”
The house was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, who established the Prairie style, the first “truly American architecture,” according to FrankLloydWright.org. In Wright’s designs, structures blend more organically with their surroundings, creating harmony between landscape and building.
“When I arrived for my registration appointment, I was completely amazed to find something like this Frank Lloyd Wright build here in Lewisburg. It’s a total headache for the area,” said Wayand “We had a number of interested people who inquired about the property, and all but one were from outside the area. They inquired simply because of the style of the house, not because they knew Lewisburg.
Each of the home’s four spacious bedrooms has its own bathroom — impressive for a home built in 1955, Wayand said. Built on 3.2 acres, it offers a two-car garage, indoor pool, multiple flower gardens, outdoor gathering space and beautiful views. It is common to see deer grazing in nearby fields.
The huge windows let in the sun while the large overhanging eaves promote air circulation. Other Frank Lloyd Wright touches include an open floor plan, recessed lighting (almost unheard of at the time), a three-sided open living room fireplace, and even high-end bathroom fixtures.
“The idea was to create an open space with airflow and natural light,” Wayand said. “To make it very energy efficient but also very comfortable and very welcoming.”
Despite the home’s high price tag (it’s listed at $1,499,000), its most surprising appeal is its laid-back atmosphere.
“With this particular property, you walk through the front door and immediately feel at home,” Wayand said. “It has such a perfect design that it sucks you into that front door. I said to the owner, ‘I love your house. I really meant it.
The current owner bought the house 31 years ago and enjoys working in the gardens each spring. She showed it once to an interior designer who loved it.
“It made me love him too,” she said. When it is sold, she hopes the new owner will research Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and appreciate it as much as she does, adding: “I am very sad to leave it.
With its private location at the top of a long, curved driveway, the home creates a sort of getaway feeling.
“When you’re there, you feel like you’re in a retreat, a place where you expect to gather family and friends for a weekend,” Wayand said. “Everything is spacious and feels very generous but at the same time, very laid back.”
After falling in love with the rare architecture, she wanted people to learn about it “so that our little area of Lewisburg would know (and brag?) about the diversity of cultural gems we have here in this town,” she said. she declared. “Lewisburg has a huge amount of history for as small as it is, and this house really showcased the finds for me.”
Ted Strosser, Principal Architect for SBA Architects, Sunbury easily listed a number of architecturally unique buildings in Lewisburg, starting with the Campus Theatre, built in 1940 with a striking art deco interior.
“South Third Street is probably the must-see street,” Strosser continued, noting the beautiful homes there as well as three historic churches: Beaver Memorial United Methodist Church, built in 1890; First Baptist Church, 1870; and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ, 1902.
Strosser also mentioned the Queen Anne-style house at 201 Market Street, built in 1828 and remodeled in 1887, and Bucknell University’s Queen Anne/Romanesque-style Bucknell Hall, on campus’ Loomis Street, built in 1886.
A member of Lewisburg’s Historic Architecture Review Board, Strosser said the group strives to cooperate with owners of historic buildings.
“We try to help people through the process and be a resource for the owner,” he said. “We are the custodians of Lewisburg history.”