The Theodore Baird Residence, also known as Baird House, is a suburban house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and located in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. It is the only Wright design in Massachusetts. The house is owned by James Phaneuf and Jean Ida Hoffman.
The Usonian house was planned and built in 1940 for Amherst College's noted English professor Theodore Baird.
It is a single-family house with brick, cypress wood and glass façades and a flat roof highly cantilevered over a carport. Heating is conveyed by pipes distributing hot water through the concrete floor. There are also three fireplaces, one in the master bedroom and another with a single chimney and two grates which is divided by a partition wall separating the living room and study.
The house was the only Usonian for which the materials were prefabricated before being bought to the site. Usually the board and batten constructions were cut and assembled on location, in this instance components were prepared by a contractor in New Jersey and delivered.
The house is currently a private residence, and is not visible from the street. A period photo can be found here and here.
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