Frank Lloyd Wright American System-Built Homes, Milwaukee

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The American System-Built Homes were modest houses designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. They were developed between 1912 and 1916 to fulfill his interest in affordable housing. Wright was devoted to the idea of providing beautiful yet affordable homes to the public. His firm produced over 960 drawings for the project, the largest number of drawings for any project in the Wright archives. The designs were standardized, and customers could choose from seven models. Because of this standardization, the lumber could be precut at the factory, thereby cutting down on both waste and the amount of skilled labor needed for construction. The buildings are often termed prefabricated homes, but they were not, since no parts of the homes were constructed off-site. The lumber was cut at the factory, packaged along with all other components, and delivered to the work site for construction. Some are located in a federal historic district in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and others have been designated Chicago Landmarks in Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Visited the b1 house during the doors open event. While the house it is tiny it has been restored to its former glory. Subtle things like different paint colors make it seem bigger. 
    Visited the b1 house during the doors open event. While the house it is tiny it has been restored to its former glory. Subtle things like different paint colors make it seem bigger.  more »
  • This was the least interesting house of 9 Frank Lloyd Wright houses I have seen. Time could be spent better elsewhere. 
    This was the least interesting house of 9 Frank Lloyd Wright houses I have seen. Time could be spent better elsewhere.  more »
  • It was a dismal failure for FLWs plans to create affordable housing for the working families-and enrich himself. Although we have seen many other FLW homes this was a very enriching experience to... 
    It was a dismal failure for FLWs plans to create affordable housing for the working families-and enrich himself. Although we have seen many other FLW homes this was a very enriching experience to...  more »

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