Solar House Has Got it Wright!

Solar House Has Got it Wright!

westcott-470-2 (1)NU’s Delta T90 will be heading to Ohio after it competes in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.    The house will host programming opportunities such as professional development workshops, youth programs and special demonstrations to promote green living and clean energy technologies next to Frank Lloyd Wright’s  Westcott House.

“We are truly excited about this partnership, as it gives us a unique opportunity to further expand our educational outreach and spark a dialogue about organic architecture, then and now,” said Executive Director and Curator of the Westcott House Marta Wojcik. “The Delta T90 house team developed a remarkable design that responded to authentic needs and challenges of our times. We cannot wait to utilize it for the betterment of our community.”

“The Westcott House will be a great place for the Delta T90 house to land,” said Aron Temkin, dean of the College of Professional Schools. “The organization’s mission, at the intersection of design and education, makes them an ideal partner. We are excited at the opportunity this will create for long-term study of the building’s performance and on-site learning opportunities for our students.”


Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Westcott House in 1906-1908 for Burton and Orpha Westcott, local entrepreneurs and civic leaders. Due to the postwar housing crisis, the residence that once exemplified the revolutionary concept of open space was cut into seven apartments in the late 1940s. In 2001, the Westcott House Foundation purchased the dilapidated property and began an extensive $5.8 million restoration. Opened in 2005, The Westcott House offers interpretive tours, exhibits featuring emerging artists, design education activities and special programs for learners of all ages. The Westcott House is the only Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style house in the state of Ohio. Today, it attracts thousands of people and it stands as a symbol of excellence and innovative thinking. Its newly established Westcott Center for Architecture + Design was formed to promote creative placemaking strategies through programs on architecture, design, and the history of the built environment.

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