This Vacation Rental Site Will Let You Stay in a Frank Lloyd Wright House

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Courtesy PlansMatter

Architecture nerds need never stay in a poorly designed vacation rental again. Co.Design tipped us off to Plans Matter, an Airbnb-like rental service that’s specifically geared toward helping you stay in architecturally notable homes.

The list of vacation rentals available reads like an architecture nerd’s fever dream. Want to spend a few nights in a Frank Lloyd Wright home? You’ve got seven to choose from, including the Kinney House pictured above. What about a building designed by the famous light artist James Turrell? Or maybe you’d prefer a penthouse apartment designed by Rudolf M. Schindler, a pioneer of Southern California Modernism?

The listings are all sourced by the site’s creators, architects Connie Lindor and Scott Muellner, and approved by the company’s advisors, architect Julie Snow (who designed the cabin below) and the designer and museum director Andrew Blauvelt. So you can be sure that you're actually choosing from residences with a top-notch architectural pedigree, not just a fancy McMansion that looks good in pictures.

A cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows looks out over a moonlit lake.
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For the most part, non-millionaires will never be able to live in a home designed by a world-renowned architect. A Frank Gehry house can go for as much as $24.15 million. A penthouse designed by the legendary I.M. Pei is selling for $9.6 million. The Vanna Venturi House, by the postmodern icon Robert Venturi, sold for $1.35 million in 2016, and that was after a dramatic price drop.

While staying in a Frank Lloyd Wright isn’t your average bargain Airbnb, it’s no more expensive than a nice hotel (or a cheap one in a high-priced area like New York City). One of Olson Kundig’s pretty Rolling Huts cabins in Washington can be yours for as little as $135 a night.

For an architecture buff, these places are worth planning an entire vacation around.

[h/t Plans Matter]

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Take your time perfecting your craft with lifetime access to the 10 courses included in The Ultimate Creative Writing Course Bundle. At the discounted price of $29.99, you’ll have spent more money on the coffee you’re sipping while you write your next novel than the courses themselves.

 

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The Tallest Cemetery Monument in New Orleans Was Built Out of Spite

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Spite has motivated many construction projects, from a 40-foot-tall fence in California to an 8-foot-wide home in Massachusetts. But when it comes to pettiness, few structures can beat Moriarty Monument in New Orleans's Metairie Cemetery. Reaching 80 feet high, the memorial to Mary Moriarty was an excuse for her widower to show off his wealth to everyone who rejected him.

New Orleans is famous for its cemeteries, which feature above-ground mausoleums. The soil in the region is too wet and swampy to dig traditional 6-foot graves, so instead, bodies are interred at the same level as the living. The most impressive of these graveyards may be Metairie Cemetery on Metairie Road and Pontchartrain Boulevard. Built in 1872, it lays claim to the most above-ground monuments and mausoleums in the city, the tallest of which is the Moriarty Monument.

The granite tomb was commissioned by Daniel A. Moriarty, an Irish immigrant who moved to New Orleans with little money in the mid-1800s. It was there he met his wife, Mary Farrell, and together they started a successful business and invested their new income into real estate. The couple was able to build a significant fortune this way, but Moriarty struggled to shake off his reputation as a poor foreigner. The city's upper class refused to accept him into their ranks—something Moriarty never got over. After his wife died in 1887, he came up with an idea that would honor her memory and hopefully tick off the pretentious aristocrats at the same time.

By 1905, he had constructed her the grandest memorial he could afford. In addition to the towering steeple, which is a topped with a cross, the site is adorned with four statues at the base. These figures represent faith, hope, charity, and memory, while the monument itself is meant to be a not-so-virtuous middle finger to all those who insulted its builder.

Gerard Schoen, community outreach director for Metairie Cemetery, told WGNO ABC, “The reason Daniel wanted his property to be the tallest was so his wife could look down and snub every 'blue blood' in the cemetery for all eternity." More than a century later, it still holds that distinction.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]