Neighbors, friends and the historically curious are invited to attend a presentation - chock full of photographs, tales of stewardship and mysterious backstories - about the historic Elizabeth Murphy House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Shorewood, Wisconsin.
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FLW Architectural Tiles
Fourth graders from Atwater School visited, then created Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architectural tiles, adding their own flare.
Emphasizing the horizontal
After a year of living here, we stumbled upon more horizontal lines in a subtle, but historically significant place: the masonry of our small fireplace.
Art glass during art class
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.
For Frank: function followed form
As with other prairie-influenced designs, the chimney sets the tone for the rest of the house. It is intentionally dramatic, like Frank’s fine pork pie fedora. It is also a fake.
Downsizing with Frank
Part of organic design, we're learning, is that spaces are sensory, social and evocative; meant for people, not things.
Honey, I tore off the front of the house.
Then, we poured new concrete, parged walls, and painted matching trim. Today, the Elizabeth Murphy House stands tall and straight, and ready for tour-goers.
The new, old water closet
The 68" x 72" space was the weak spot in the house when we bought it, and we had plans to quickly make it right. It's Wright now.
“Where is the door?”
Most posts have been about interior spaces in the Elizabeth Murphy House. The days are warming, so soon we'll turn our attention to the outside. What are we planning?