Arthur Richards had a different idea than Frank Lloyd Wright

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.

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.

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.

Preserving Shorewood’s Rich History

Stewardship is not a product of special oversight placed on historic homes. It comes, instead, from a shared commitment to storytelling, passed between generations.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Elizabeth Murphy House to be featured in 2019 OSHER presentation

Learn more about The Elizabeth Murphy House and its place in Frank Lloyd Wright's work and legacy, by attending a presentation on Friday, 6/14/2019 at 12:30pm at the Hefter Center at UWM.

The System within the System

Citing a vast body of drawings and plans, historians have called the ASBH project the largest single design effort by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Beauty in an imperfect system

Underneath magnificent art lie the trials, troubles and lessons-learned by the artist.

By adding a garage, a previous owner saved this Frank Lloyd Wright house

Since the house originally had no drive, garage or carport, a garage was added in 1976. It was both practical and necessary to the preservation of the house.