Back in 1956, a twelve year old boy named Jim Berger wrote a letter to Frank Lloyd Wright. Mr. Wright had designed his family home in San Anselmo, California and little Jimmy want to know if Mr. Wright could also design a dog house for his black Lab, Eddie. Mr. Wright should not worry about payment as Jimmy had a paper route that generated enough cash to pay Mr. Wright’s bill.
Jim Berger to Frank Lloyd Wright:
I would appreciate it if you would design me a doghouse, which would be easy to build, but would go with our house…,” read the letter dated June 19, 1956. “(My dog) is two and a half feet high and three feet long. The reasons I would like this doghouse is for the winter
From Frank Lloyd Wright:
A house for Eddie is an opportunity,” Wright wrote back. But he said he was too busy at the time (construction on the Guggenheim began in 1956) and asked that Berger write him back in November. Berger did so on the first of the month, and the plan for the doghouse followed — at no charge
Eventually the dog house was built, but not for poor Eddie, who had passed away. The plans recently resurfaced during the production of the documentary Romanza: The California Structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The dog house was rebuilt and is currently touring with the film. Look for it.