Wright created hundreds of drafts for a little-known, early 20th century scheme to provide affordable prefab housing, the American System-Built homes, a concept that quickly fell victim to WWI material shortages and became a footnote in the architect’s career. But while these duplexes and bungalows were tiny, they made an oversized impact on Wright’s career.
In keeping with his vision of creating architect designed homes for all Americans, Frank Lloyd Wright began designing small houses for moderate to low-income workers in 1911. Six of these modest homes, known as American System-Built houses, were constructed on West Burnham Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As years passed, the homes fell into disrepair and their significance was almost forgotten. Mike Lilek, curator, Burnham Block, will speak about the current restoration process that is bringing back the original luster and charm of these tiny houses.
DATE: Friday, April 7, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. PLACE: Saint Louis Art Museum - The Farrell Auditorium PRICE: Free and open to the public (tickets required)
The lecture is free but tickets are required. Advance tickets are available in person at the Museum’s Information Center, through Metrotix.com or by calling 314.535.1111 Read more about these homes here.