Day: October 4, 2009

Wright in Wisconsin

Over the past two days the National Trust Council has toured a remarkable collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture located in Wisconsin.  Along the way we saw icons and surprises. The surprises came first. We went to see a grouping of six houses on Burnham Street in Milwaukee that were designed by Wright in 1916 for what today would be called “affordable housing.”  I knew about his later Usonian houses, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Pope-Leighey House, which were focused on the same audience.  But decades earlier Wright designed over 950 plans for “American System Built Homes.”  Approximately 25 were built and six survive along Burnham Street.  The Wright in Wisconsin organization owns several and has restored one which is open to the public.  It provided us with a fascinating look at how Wright approached architect-designed houses on a budget, as you’ll see in the photos below. Yesterday we visited three more Wright buildings.  The first was Herbert Fisk Johnson’s home in Racine, Wingspread.  This was Wright’s “last” Prairie style home and …