Frank Lloyd Wright was responsible for a lot of human houses but, as far as I know, this was his only commission for a kitty. Painted in Wright’s signature Cherokee Red, the cat house was included in the commission for the Tonkens House in Cincinnati, Ohio. This awesome space age cat house was recently sold on ebay and will now live at the Feline History Museum.
I showed the design to resident feline, Zola Jones, to get her opinion.
That’s it? Just pretty cool? Don’t you think it kind of looks like something out of The Jetsons? Oh, wait, you’re too young to remember The Jetsons. Do you have any other thoughts on it, Zola?
Well, no, I don’t think it’s stocked with tuna.
Yes, it will give you some measure of privacy. But you won’t be able to do you business in there, you know.
Ah, yes, that’s a good point, Zola Jones. Perhaps it’s best that the Feline History Museum in Alliance, Ohio now owns the Frank Lloyd Wright cat house.
Top image: Hauspanther (via PrairieMod)
All other images: This American House
One of the many things The Mister and I have in common is an appreciation for cemeteries. He spent his teen years exploring old cemeteries along the plains of North Dakota and I spent mine discovering forgotten burial grounds on the back roads of rural Ohio. Mind you, we weren’t goth kids and there was nothing macabre about our appreciation of cemeteries. The Mister was interested in the history of the crumbling tombstones and I was just happy to escape to someplace that offered solitude and silence.
We were hoping the Pocket Hose wasn’t too good to be true. If we could get just one summer out of the “hose that grows” we’d be happy. Sadly, just two months into use, our Pocket Hose, that suggestively named garden hose, sprang a leak.
On the left: a chair that has been re-painted to cover its 1980′s speckled faux wood finish. On the right: the same chair just before it left This American House with a freshly upholstered seat and cushion. Three cheers for DIY upholstery jobs!
When The Mister came home and saw the wheelbarrow stocked with all the limbs and sticks that I had gathered from a recent storm, he quoted William Carlos Williams’ poem The Red Wheelbarrow:
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
And that is your cultural moment for the day. Go forth and make poetry, people!
Image: This American House