A rare tour and deep-dive into the drama at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Elizabeth Murphy’s house, courtesy of Historic Milwaukee

This is a rare opportunity to experience an historic and well-preserved Wright-designed home that has been a private residence for 104 years running. The home is where Wright was compelled to rethink his approach to affordable housing and is the site of the split between Wright and his talented young assistant Russell Barr Williamson.

Wisconsin House by Frank Lloyd Wright Forgotten for 50 years

The Forgotten Elizabeth Murphy House has been hiding the clues that explain why Frank Lloyd Wright cancelled the American System-Built Home program and covered his tracks - never speaking publicly about the designs again. Read more.

What is the purpose of the milled slot in Frank Lloyd Wright’s windows?

Why is there an invisible slot milled in Frank Lloyd Wright's windows? Should we fill it with something, and if so, what? Architects, homeowners, historians and restorers are welcomed to weigh in.

Caring for the Forsaken

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.

Did you miss the tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic Elizabeth Murphy House? Here is a recording.

zoom tour

Take a virtual tour of the Elizabeth Murphy House, Frank Lloyd Wright's American System-Built Model A203 and his last completed dwelling in the Prairie Style.

Kids, what do you see in Mr. Wright’s art glass windows?

Matthew Smith - an expert in fine leaded art glass - points out that Frank Lloyd Wright's motif in the Elizabeth Murphy House reflects the proportions of the Elizabeth Murphy House herself.

Plywood in a Wright-designed American System-Built Home, before “plywood” was a thing

Wright and Richards were exploring ways to ensure quality while lowering costs in the American System. So cabinet doors were built of "ply" fifteen years before "plywood" became a thing.