Frank Lloyd Wright’s Stromquist Residence (“Crystalwood”); Bountiful, UT

In 2004 VODA directed the landscape rehabilitation for one of Utah’s most unique Mid-Century modern homes. Designed in the late 1950’s by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Stromquist residence is one of the last projects Wright designed, and is Utah’s only Wright creation. Finished after Wright’s death, the home has had a fascinating history, and was returned to the original homebuilder’s ownership in 1999, Mr. Don Stromquist.

VODA worked with Mr. Stromquist to rehabilitate the home’s landscape after years of neglect. In keeping with Wright’s original intent, VODA redesigned the home’s landscaping to be more water-conservative and regionally appropriate, as well as more complementary of the structure’s unique architectural style.

The home’s history, from the SaveWright Foundation:

HOUSE HISTORY: When Mr. Stromquist was a boy in Illinois he had an opportunity to hear Mr. Wright speak at a public gathering. Mr. Wright’s style and philosophy made a lasting impression on the young Stromquist, so much so, that when it came time for the Stromquists to put down roots, they immediately thought of Mr. Wright to design a house for them. When Mr. Wright invited them to come to Spring Green in 1957 they were delighted. It was a meeting of kindred spirits and plans were soon generated to proceed.The house design is based on a diamond module, best suited to take advantage of the spectacular site in the foothills of the majestic Wasatch Mountains. It offers everything that Mr. Wright treasured: seclusion, serenity, and unity. From its vantage point in a lush glade above the Valley of the Great Salt Lake it offers spectacular vistas across the valley and the mountains. In the evening the setting sun ignites the western sky.

The property is located on a ten-acre site at an altitude of 6,000 feet and consists of the main house, an office/laboratory/garage annex, a gardener’s shed and a barn. The main house features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, semi-formal dining, laundry, utility room, two fireplaces, and two balconies. The living room is partially furnished with three origami chairs and built-in settees.
New Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation-sanctioned area rugs, handmade in Nepal, grace the living room, entry hall, and study. The bathrooms are clad in granite; clerestory windows provide natural lighting. The master bedroom has its own fireplace and French doors that lead to a secluded balcony. The kitchen has granite work surfaces and backsplashes, a Bosch cook top/oven and a Subzero refrigerator. The two guestrooms are completely furnished. Heating is provided by a Wright-designed combined radiant/forced air system that utilizes two natural gas furnaces. The total square footage is 3,000.

In an ongoing effort to preserve and maintain the house, Mr. Stromquist authorized measures that will safeguard the property for years to come. His foresight in acquiring the adjoining parcels of land to the east and west will ensure that the unique setting of the house will not be compromised by encroaching developments. The property is minutes away from major transportation hubs, world class winter sport venues and summer activities.