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MOman2
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American Systems Built homes

Post by MOman2 »

[moderator may want to move this to an ongoing American Systems Built homes thread]
Greetings
I have been searching out/viewing Frank Lloyd Wright structures for some 30 years and have documented some 236 sites. Each of the sites I visited having its own folder with my own photos and photos/websites/videos from around the internet.
My next project this coming year is to visit the American Systems Built homes in Illinois/Wisconsin/Iowa
I came across this website http://www.flwright.us/FLWAmericanSystem.htm
which lists some of the homes. I know the Gary IN home burned down.
If anyone has any suggestions regarding this upcoming project I welcome any input/suggestions
Thank You

Roderick Grant
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Munkwitz is long gone.
Stephen M. B. Hunt House II is an upgraded version of Richards Bungalow, done as a one-off by FLW. Richards wasn't involved. It may be somewhat more refined than the others.
I don't know any of the people involved with the Milwaukee houses open to the public, except Barbara Elsner, owner of the Bogk House. She would be an excellent person to contact for information.

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MOman2, I’d suggest you reach out to Mike Lilek in Milwaukee, he has been the font of information with the ASBH’s that have been toured during the FLWBC conferences:

https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2016/10/05/o ... yd-wright/

http://wrightinmilwaukee.org/learn.html

https://www.wuwm.com/post/milwaukee-blo ... f#stream/0

https://www.pbs.org/video/frank-lloyd-w ... es-sssh8y/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.curbed ... stem-built

MOman2
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I did the grand American Systems built homes this last week and followed
List of American System-Built Homes (“ASBH”) designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
http://www.flwright.us/FLWAmericanSystem.htm
However I noticed that two of the homes Elizabeth Murphy House at 2106 East Newton in Shorewood and the home at 2107 West Lawn Ave. in Madison did not have the Storrer S.identification
Any reason they do not?
Thank you

DRN
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Quite simply, ASBH’s continue to be found.

Accurate or complete listings of kits sold or built in the 19-teens were not kept, likely because the Richards Company was to pay royalties to Wright on kits sold and houses built. To avoid royalty payments on an endeavor that was experiencing financial challenges, it was in Richards’ interest to be loose in record keeping. The advent of the US involvement in WWI also slowed or stopped sales, and may have led to kits sold but not immediately erected such that houses became “lost”.

Storrer’s list of ASBH’s began with Wright’s own project records, with additional houses/projects added as they came to light via drive-by observations by Storrer himself or other Wright enthusiasts.

It is likely there may be a few more as yet not identified, or lost to fire, demolition, or extensive alterations. As with many “model” or “kit” houses, there may well be ASBH kits purchased and constructed, but altered or supplemented during the original build by additional elements such that the ASBH design cues may be difficult to discern.

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The entire Journal of Organic Architecture + Design issue Volume 3, Number 2 (2015) featured Wright's AS-BH opus.

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I have several books on Wright and have read many articles where people have expressed their admiration for his designs. I, therefore, have often wondered why no one, as far as I am aware, has been building his designs over the last decade or have plans to. If his designs don’t perfectly meet modern codes, I feel sure they could be adapted without ruining his aesthetic intentions and features. Surely better a new 90% Wright house than just a standard, boring box in a row.
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MOman2
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Money. A lot of construction of new homes/apartment buildings has to do with the cost. Not to say that FLW structures can't be built economically but we are being peppered all over the country with stick and twig press on panels and 'engineered' materials to save costs. I drive all over the middle USA and see junk being built everywhere.

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Remember Malvina Reynolds' hit song "Little Boxes" made of ticky-tacky? That was 58 years ago, and things have not gotten any better. The ticky-tacky has spread from Daly City like a noxious amoeba, sucking the life out of cities across the land.

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