We bought Frank Lloyd Wright's Elizabeth Murphy House with a plan to restore and care for her, but quickly discovered a curious and unexpected form of stewardship. Like nuns in a 19th century orphanage, we find ourselves caring for the forsaken.
Three contemporaneous Wright draftsmen, three fates
Antonin Raymond and Rudolph Schindler escaped Frank Lloyd Wright's wrath when the American System-Built Program was summarily cancelled and covered up in 1917. Russell Barr Williamson did not.
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.
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.
It was a joy and a privilege to share secrets from the Elizabeth Murphy House at the Annual Conference of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.
Unfinished Business – Wright’s Cantilevers
Flower box cantilevers have been missing from the house. We decided to rebuild them and found another Wrightian surprise.
How Wright Learned to Separate Art and Automation
The talk, entitled "How Wright Learned to Separate Art and Automation" will be part of the conference Education Series.
FLW Architectural Tiles
Fourth graders from Atwater School visited, then created Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architectural tiles, adding their own flare.
Pause, don’t Dash
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.