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.

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

A current project inventory and links to posts and images.

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.

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.

Compress, release, repeat.

By creating a deliberately small space through which one must pass before reaching a larger space, Frank Lloyd Wright caused a temporary sense of tension, followed by a powerful feeling of freedom.

What is it like to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright 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.

Back to School

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.