Over a career spanning seven decades, Frank Lloyd Wright took special interest in creating architect-designed homes for moderate and low-income families. In the January 1938 issue of Architectural Forum, he commented, "[I] would rather solve the small house problem than build anything else I can think of..."Read More...
Michael Lilek, Curator of the Burnham Block in Milwaukee, WI, discusses Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision to create homes which encompassed nature, brought the client serenity, and created a place to gather family. Wright created twelve models of homes that were mass marketed and sold through builders and dealers.
Nicole Atkinson builds furniture, based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s specifications, for the American System-Built homes on Burnham Street in Milwaukee. The furniture, modernized versions of the originals, will furnish duplexes which will open for tours and available for overnight stays.
Virginia Boyd, Professor, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison Frank Lloyd Wright was committed to designing a house that reflected a uniquely American way of life. Professor Virginia Boyd identifies several ways he translated his abstract ideas about an appropriate American house form into actual design.
Mike Lilek heads up a house restoration project on Milwaukee's south side. Lilek is a member of a group called the 'Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program'. The group bought this house; built in 1916, because it's a very rare example of one of Wright's American System-Built Homes. These designs were Wright's way of making architect-designed houses affordable for the working class
Mike Lilek takes viewers on a tour of the newly renovated 1916 era American System-Built Home at 2714 W. Burnham Street in Milwaukee, WI.
A tour of one of Frank Lloyd Wright's "American System-Built" homes on the south side of Milwaukee.
Update on interior restoration given by Mike Lilek.