The stepping stones take you from the Heat Hut courtyard back to the driveway by the Foster House, so named because it was the summer residence of James and Dorothy Foster, the Martins’ daughter and son-in-law and their two grandchildren. You will pass by a double window planter box by the kitchen where Lantana was planted historically, as well as a large sunken flower bed. This is planted to scented Four O’Clocks as the Martins did, the evening scent wafting through the house through the open doors and windows.
The Foster House, an apartment above the garage, is a more traditional Wright design with extensive eaves and cantilevered balconies. The gardens are planted back to the native trees, shrubs, ferns, and mayapple following the historic EBS plan. A Freedom apple is also in this planting, closer to the Heat Hut walkway.
Courtyard and Heat Hut
As you make your way back to the front of the house along the northwest boundary, you pass through an opening in the stone wall that leads to the Heat Hut Courtyard. The Heat Hut was the heating plant for the house. Two elm trees existed here historically and there was also a children’s swing set. There are many pictures of children playing here on the sidewalk in old fashioned pedal cars and other period toys. There are many photos of the grandchildren and their friends digging and planting, playing in a playhouse on the lawn, sitting in the garden petting a cat, having picnics, and enjoying this area as their own, defined as it is by the large stucco screen and the low stone walls.