Alfred Caldwell: The Midwest's Answer to Frank Lloyd Wright

  • by Jenny Bahn

Ever think about living in a house that looks like a ‘90s VHS recorder suspended between rocks? Yeah, we do, too. When the city grind becomes too much to stand, almost everyone—at one point or another—envisions moving to the country to live in a real house with nothing above you but open sky and nothing below you but an open field. Or something like that.

If architect Alfred Caldwell were around today, we’d enlist his services in drawing us up some seriously minimalistic digs. Known more for his landscape architecture (dude liked plants), Caldwell’s designs incorporated the organic into pretty rigorously linear structures with an OCD-like dedication to stacks of limestone, making himself essentially the de facto Frank Lloyd Wright of the Midwest.

The results of Caldwell’s architectural works are a combination of a modern aesthetic with more natural elements, striking that perfect balance between feeling like you’re moving forward in the design game while staying true to those earth roots. Architecture, without compromises. We like the sound of that. 

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