Upcoming Presentation: “Small but Elegant — Frank Lloyd Wright’s Affordable Homes”

Image Courtesy: The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York).

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unitarian-Universalist roots anchored his art. He saw God in nature and spirit in space. In fact, Wright was on a lifelong humanist quest to create affordable but elegant homes for the working class. He called it his most difficult design challenge. Some smaller Usonian homes are the most famous examples of this work, but earlier in his career, he created a system of construction to produce minimalist cottages and flats in the Prairie Style that he hoped would beautify American cities.

In 2016,  Nicholas and Angela Hayes became stewards of the tiny, recently-rediscovered century-old Elizabeth Murphy House in Shorewood, the last of Wright’s ill-fated American System-Built Homes. As soon as the Hayeses moved in, they began unearthing lost clues explaining Wright’s evolving ideas about the wants and needs of common folks.

They will share their experiences through stories and photos at this Sunday Morning Forum.

Where: First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee
1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

When: Sunday, April 12, 2020, 10:10 – 10:50am.

*Image Courtesy: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives : architectural drawings, ca. 1885-1959. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York).

 

 

 

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