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Old July 5th, 2006, 03:22 AM   #1
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Working Class House Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright house in Milwaukee to become museum
3 July 2006

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 900-square-foot house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will become a museum to showcase his experiment in low-cost shelter for working class families.

In November 2004, the Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program bought the low-slung, geometric house -- one in a row of six Wright-designed dwellings built in 1915-'16 for developer Arthur Richards.

The so-called American System-Built homes were a collaboration between the Wisconsin-born architect and Richards and sold for about $5,000.

Although Wright was best known for sprawling, earth-hugging homes in the countryside, he took a special interest in creating low-cost shelter in urban neighborhoods and believed people of all economic classes were entitled to good architecture.

The Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program plans to turn the two-bedroom house on Milwaukee's south side into a museum and showcase for Wright's short-lived experiment. They are getting help from the Historic Preservation Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Wright and Richards' project ended after they had a falling out, World War I intervened and the housing market went south.

Only a few other American System-Built homes were built, including one in Oshkosh and a handful in Chicago suburbs. But they predated Wright's later venture into affordable dwellings, his Usonian houses.
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Any pics of this house?
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