Beginning in 2002, the owners, together with master craftsman, Stafford Norris III undertook an extensive, historical restoration that faithfully recaptured the original features of the building while also completing countless, unexecuted elements of Wright’s original, comprehensive design scheme for the house. The masonry, built-ins, and furnishings finally realized during the restoration process, completed Frank Lloyd Wright’s total vision for the Willeys.
The Willey House is entirely hand-crafted. No mass-produced doors, windows, trim or casework were used. Every element was designed by Wright and was custom made. Likewise, the restoration required Stafford to recreate everything from scratch using old growth cypress, real plaster and custom-made bricks.
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