This is really cool. In 1950, one Dr. Isadore and wife Lucille wanted to scale down from their big mansion in Manchester, and they hired Frank Lloyd Wright to design a small but efficient house tailored to their lifestyle (music and bringing the outside in). Lucille didn’t like to cook much, so wanted a small galley kitchen.
The Zimmerman House is what Wright called his “usonian” design as it accommodates all the above in a minimalist, efficient layout where yup, he also brought the outside in. Window washing must have been a major task. The Zimmermans donated the house to the Currier Museum of Art, so guided tours are held by them. Because the Zimmerman House is in a residential neighborhood, your guide will take you there from the Currier in a van. I actually wondered if they’d blindfold us so we wouldn’t know quite where it was, but they didn’t.
Times: April 17 – October 31, 2014: Public tours are offered Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30am and 2pm. November 1, 2014 – January 4, 2015 on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30am and 2pm.
Admission: (Includes admission to the Currier Gallery of Art): $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, $16 for students, $8 for children ages 7-17 (sorry, children under age 7 are not permitted to tour the Zimmerman House).
Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash Street
Manchester, NH 03104