The University of Evansville will unveil details Monday for plans to bring a piece of architectural history to campus. The Peters-Margedant House, built in 1934 by Frank Lloyd Wright’s primary assistant Wesley Peters, will serve as a learning facility for students and the community.
Peters was an Indiana native and Benjamin Bosse High School graduate who studied at Evansville College and MIT. He was accepted as Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice in 1932 and would work with the legendary architect for the remainder of his career.
The 552 square-foot Peters-Margedant House was part of Wright’s ongoing effort to create affordable homes for working families. The school says many of the house’s characteristics – accessibility, function and efficiency of space – are highly-valued in the current "Small House" movement.
A grant from Indiana Landmarks saved the house from demolition. Funding from the Vanderburgh County Community Foundation and the Friends of the Peters Margedant House group have made it possible to move the house through town and to the University of Evansville campus.
UE President Tom Kazee and others will take part in the news conference set for Monday at 2:00 EST and unveil timeline and other details on the upcoming move.