For Wright, American System-Built Homes met a complex design challenge: to create affordable beautiful modest homes. But for Richards, the ASBH program was one item on vast menu of real estate products he could offer.
This upcoming new book begins by unravelling a mystery: how might a house designed by the world's most famous architect become lost in the first place?
This week is #TeacherAppreciationWeek. It's also the seventh week of stay-at-home and that Angela - our matriarch and the amazing Art Teacher at Atwater School - has retooled her curriculum for remote learning. Today and tomorrow she's preparing 5,000 pre-covid pieces for distribution to families!
Since CoVid-19 has made it impossible to attend a First Church Sunday Morning Forum in body, let's get together in spirit and look at the work of one of our own.
While the historic Burnham Block represents the optimistic beginning of Frank Lloyd Wright’s first attempt to design modest homes, the Elizabeth Murphy House at 2106 East Newton in Shorewood, Wisconsin, marks the tumultuous end of the American System-Built idea.
Yes, it costs more to live in a historic home and it carries special burdens. But no steward that I know is in it to flip it.
As soon as we moved into the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Elizabeth Murphy House, we began unearthing lost clues explaining Wright’s evolving ideas about the wants and needs of common folks (like us).
We will share experiences through stories and photos at this Sunday Morning Forum.
With every plan to repair something on this old house comes an urgency to study and document what is learned in the process.
Wright was thinking - forty years before anyone else - of lush walkable neighborhoods featuring long, low affordable homes with shadowy eaves, banks of windows, grassy yards and built-in gardens.
A current project inventory and links to posts and images.