Let’s be clear. You can see the entire Elizabeth Murphy House in 3o seconds. It’s tiny.
But there are places to pause and things not to miss. Here are a few:
1.) Once you find the door, notice that two people can’t enter the house at the same time. The passage is too narrow and steep. It asks you to be quiet, deliberate, and think about what is coming next.
2.) When you pass through the narrow space and pause in sleeping porch, imagine dozing there on a soft rug looking up at the twinkling stars. The quartzite pebbles in the pebble-dash stucco on the ceiling blink in bright white and rainbow hues all night long.
3.) When you enter the house from the porch, you’ll be nearing the end of your path of discovery. As you shed your boots, hat and coat and say hello – something that usually happens in a foyer – you’re standing in the center of the house.
And there you will need to decide: Are you feeling social? Go left, where the spaces are sunlit and soar up and out and you’ll find friends and conversation. Or are you feeling quiet and introspective? Then turn right into the intimate spaces; the bedrooms and bath.
4.) Stand to the left of the fireplace mantel and spin around slowly. This is the spot where you can see out in all directions. North; a Wisconsin woods. East and West; neighbors and friends. South; an expansive city skyline that connects the house to the street and you to the community.
Then thank Frank, as we do each day.
* The Elizabeth Murphy House is a private residence in a quiet neighborhood, so tours are by invitation only, excepting special events. Please respect the privacy of the owners and the neighbors.
The home will be featured on the 2017 Wright and Like Tour. Learn more here.