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Sunday Morning Forum (April 5th): Join the Hayeses on a virtual (Zoom) tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home for the People.

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.

Elizabeth Murphy and the End of Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Experiment

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.

Postponed 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).

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.

New colors, roof, gutters and a forensic report

With every plan to repair something on this old house comes an urgency to study and document what is learned in the process.

Wait. There was no such thing as a “Ranch” home in 1918

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.

Tracking the restoration and preservation of a 102-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright house

A current project inventory and links to posts and images.