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  Camp Desbarats, Lake Huron, Canada      

Five buildings form a family summer “camp” on the shores of Lake Huron.  Historically, the area was a summer vacation spot for people from Chicago, and in the early 1900s, a young Frank Lloyd Wright designed one of the first houses there. This early Wright-inspired vernacular architecture was the basis for this contemporary camp, built exactly 100 years after the original Wright building. A local sawmill duplicated the historic white pine cladding with watertight details. A copper band at the base of the buildings protects them from deep winter snow. The exterior walls are opened to the water and forest with large bands of horizontal glass, set between bands of siding. The buildings were placed carefully among the trees so that they hide from the lakeside view at the same modest scale as the original camps.
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