J.A. Sweeton House (1950)

Cherry Hill, New Jersey
HW #23

The house is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s smallest Usonian houses in New Jersey, with square footage of 140m2. The mitered glass corner tells us that this is one of his later designs. He uses red plywood for the interior cladding and horizontally spanning concrete blocks for the exterior.

The roofscape is defined by a large single slope, which breaks off to form the lower pitch at the entrance and a higher pitch on the far left. The slope comes down to about 1 meter at its lowest point, where the second entrance remains unused. The lower pitch at the front comes down farthest on one side, elegantly shaping the entrance of the house. The roof is also drastically cantilevered to about 6 meters, forming a shelter for the cars. Unlike many of the other later houses that we visited, the severe cantilever had remained intact without the need for extra supports. The continuous concrete blocks accentuate the horizontality of the house, while the slope of the roof forms the dynamic element. The varying levels of the pitch appear to be extruding out of the concrete mass.