August 23, 1940
Mildred and Stanley Rosenbaum moved into their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Florence. Now a museum, the Rosenbaum House is the only dwelling in Alabama designed by the famous American architect. Wright designed the house using an L-shaped floor plan based on his “Usonian” style, characterized by low-cost single dwellings worked into the natural landscape using native materials. The original house featured an open floor plan with a horizontal exterior of cypress wood, brick, and glass, with cantilevered roofs and a carport. Despite the striking design, however, the house suffered almost immediate problems, including a leaky roof and defective chimneys.