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.
Citing a vast body of drawings and plans, historians have called the ASBH project the largest single design effort by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Underneath magnificent art lie the trials, troubles and lessons-learned by the artist.
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.
It is Captivating. You feel an Obligation; the need to be Vigilant, Attentive and Careful. But three words best describe living in this Frank Lloyd Wright house. They are Surprise, Wonder and Gratitude.
The field trip is part of an architectural experience facilitated by their Art Teacher, who helps the kids to compare and contrast Wright's organic design philosophies with other design approaches.
Flower box cantilevers have been missing from the house. We decided to rebuild them and found another Wrightian surprise.
Court Case records from 1919 offer clues to why Frank Lloyd Wright didn't mention this house after sending plans to Elizabeth Murphy to build it.
The unpainted Pebble-Dash in the Elizabeth Murphy House appears to be the last example of the original exterior of American System Built Houses anywhere.
Fourth graders from nearby Atwater School have been visiting this week. Mrs. Hayes, their Art Teacher, is collaborating with The Madison Children's Museum and experts from Taliesin to create an expeditionary curriculum focused on organic design.