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Richards Bungalow, Frank Lloyd Wright 1916

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Richards Bungalow

2700 Block of West Burnham Street

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53215

The bungalow at the corner of West Burnham Street and South Layton Boulevard was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1915. The particular 2700 block of Burnham Street in Milwaukee is unique in that every structure on the block was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright - six structures in all. The first four American System Built Houses are virtually identical, other than in color and minor detailing. The last two structures are bungalow variations. The Richards Bungalow on the corner is easily visible from the street and varies significantly in exterior materials than the others. It is faced in irregularly cut stone, something we would see in Frank Lloyd Wright's later work. Overhanging roof eaves shelter every angle of the structure. Horizontal bands of casement windows outline the perimeter of the home. The overall appearance of the house looks like something from the 1940's or 1950's rather than 1916. 


Lewis Burleigh House -American System Built Home, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1919

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Lewis Burleigh House -American System Built Home, 1919

330 Gregory Avenue, Wilmette IL


Also known as the JJ O'Connor House, the Lewis Burleigh House is one of more than three dozen house designs, from bungalows to two story houses, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for various companies of Milwaukee based Arthur L Richards. More than a dozen suburban dealers were licensed to sell the houses. Referred to as the American System-Built Homes, these were designed to be cut at the factory and shipped to the site ready for construction. The Burleigh residence is one of the bungalows designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and its model is known as "Cottage A". The house has been altered with expanded additions to both the north and east. 

Oscar Johnson House -American System Built Home, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1917

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Oscar Johnson House -American System Built Home, 1917

2614 Lincolnwood Dr, Evanston IL


The Oscar Johnson House is one of the American System Built Homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Richards construction company of Milwaukee. It is one of four realized Two-Story models, with two of the others located in Chicago, Illinois, and the final located in Monona, Iowa. The Oscar Johnson House in Evanston, though one of the American System-Built Homes,  is clearly derived from the model for "A Fireproof House for $5,000" designed by Wright in 1907 with its conceptualization of a two-story home containing a square plan. Faced with stucco and banded windows, the Johnson House demonstrates many of the ideas put forth in Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style, however, of particular difference is the relatively small, square chimney opposing his regular use of wide chimneys.

2720-22 Burnham Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, American System Built Home -Model Flat C, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1916

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Arthur L Richards Duplex Apartments, American System Built Homes, Model Flat C, 1916

2720-22 W Burnham Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


The Arthur L Richards Duplex Apartments are four Model Flat C designs of the American System Built Homes all built on a strip of Burnham Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The four homes, plus the two adjacent American System Built Homes of a different model make up the largest continuous strip of Frank Lloyd Wright homes. These apartments were built to have one unit on the upper floor and unit on the lower floor. All of the duplexes have been restored and are now a part of a historic district in Milwaukee.



Arthur L Richards Small House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1916

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Arthur L Richards Small House -American System Built Home -Model B1, 1916

2714 W Burnham, Milwaukee Wisconsin


The Arthur L Richards Small House is an American System Built Home adjacent to the Arthur L Richards Duplex Apartments.  The house is a single story, and of relative small size compared to the majority of Wright's work. The house contains a living room, kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, dining nook, and a slightly elevated basement. The house still contains a fireplace near the center of the house, a signature Frank Lloyd Wright mark. More drawings were made for the American System Built project by Frank Lloyd Wright than for any other of his designs, however, the concept of these precut structures was a relative failure despite the fact that designing low cost affordable housing was a lifelong strive for Wright. Only seventeen American System Built Houses were built. Four of these houses were a row of duplex apartments similar to the ones seen next to this house, known as the Arthur R Munkwitz Duplex Apartments, though they were demolished in 1973.

H Howard Hyde House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1917

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H Howard Hyde House -American System Built Home, 1917
10541 S Hoyne, Chicago IL

Guy C Smith House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1917

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Guy C Smith House -American System Built Home, 1917
10410 S Hoyne, Chicago IL

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