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Southeast of the original plat of Worthington, Rush Creek is a community of single-family homes built primarily in the 1950s. Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence on Theodore Van Fossen’s work is evident in the Rush Creek designs. The developer, Richard Wakefield, also designed and built his own home on the north side of the Rush Creek Village entrance. The houses tend to be low in profile and carefully designed to take advantage of their sites’ natural features. Inspired by Wright’s Usonian houses, many of these houses are quite small, yet they are masterpieces of efficient design, with built-in storage and furniture to maximize the use of space. Although modest building materials such as Roman brick, concrete block, poured concrete, and wood were used, the buildings are each unique and blend effortlessly into their natural environment.          Several homes that appear to be only one story from the street extend downhill to the rear for two or even three floors. Despite rather close spacing, it is nearly impossible to see one house from the next.

In recognition of its significance in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and planning, Rush Creek was listed in the National Register of Historic Places before the normally required fifty years of age. While it is attractive at any time of year, the best time to view Rush Creek is in the winter, when both the buildings and the topography of the sites are visible.

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