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Video: American System-Built Homes - Milwaukee, WI

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Re: Video: American System-Built Homes - Milwaukee, WI

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B-1 is a charming cottage, better architecturally than the rest of the ASB designs.

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B-1 in Milwaukee is looking great; the restoration appears a complete success. I wasn't aware that this is the only example of model B-1 ever built. Thousands of these across the land would have brought Wright's vision of homeliness to more Americans, providing comfortable and attractive shelter for over 100 years and counting.

Once again it is shown that Wright excelled when designing to a minimal standard of space and of expense. Here his free-standing fireplace mass is seen in its purest and most convincing form---for instance. The living-room "box" is broken; space flows freely around and beyond the chimney, creating the illusion of more room perhaps than is actually contained within the four walls of the house. This is perhaps the most radical aesthetic moment of the design.

The homeowner can opt to mimic the furniture arrangement seen in the plan, where a dining table is set in the main space against the kitchen wall---or a more expansive living room could be obtained by limiting dining to the nook next to the kitchen. Flexibility is offered, a boon in compact living quarters. An ironing board or a sewing table might occupy the bedroom hall, as needed, making it a more useful space than the usual corridor.

It is a very short leap from this house to ones designed in the Usonian era (though no one would confuse one with the other, in plan view). Of the two types, could it be argued that this one would be less expensive to build, and to heat---without, perhaps the cellar ? It certainly offers more acoustic privacy to the two bedrooms (one from the other) than does the typical Usonian . . .



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