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Wright In Wisconsin Secures Its Fourth ASBH

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 28, 2012 01:04 AM
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by Eric last modified Sep 27, 2012

Mike Lilek of The Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program, Inc. sends word that the preservationist group has purchased the Frank Lloyd Wright designed American System-Built Homes, Model C3 at 1835 South Layton Boulevard Thursday afternoon. More after the jump... Mike goes on to explain: "Immediate plans call for the newly acquired Model C3 to be rented in the short term until a fundraising campaign can be organized for its full restoration. Wright in...




 

 

DSC_3816Mike Lilek of The Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program, Inc. sends word that the preservationist group has purchased the Frank Lloyd Wright designed American System-Built Homes, Model C3 at 1835 South Layton Boulevard Thursday afternoon. More after the jump...

Mike goes on to explain:

"Immediate plans call for the newly acquired Model C3 to be rented in the short term until a fundraising campaign can be organized for its full restoration. Wright in Wisconsin is currently in the beginning stages of the restoration of the Model “Two-Flat C” building at 2732-34 West Burnham. That restoration is funded in part by a 2009 Save America’s Treasures matching grant, with Uihlein-Wilson selected as the restoration architect. The next step is to develop the restoration plans and obtain the necessary approvals from the City of Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission and the National Park Service. The project at 2732-34 is our main focus in 2012-13.
 
Our long-range goal is to be the catalyst to restore all six of the homes on Burnham Street. Most of the projects will involve our organization – others may be undertaken by private owners.  We are working toward having one example of each of the three American System-Built Homes models on Burnham Street, open to the public as an interpreted historic site. The purchase of the Model C3 ensures we can do that. Also a visitor’s center to support expanded educational programming is needed and will hopefully be on the horizon soon. We have already welcomed visitors from over 29 countries and all 50 states since opening the Model B1 for tours in September 2009. We are excited to share this major cultural asset in the City of Milwaukee with the rest of the world. It is surprisingly common for people to travel to Milwaukee or make a side trip just to see the homes!


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Interesting notes:

1) City records list the square footage at 1,261.

2) We had over 1,600 visitors tour the Model B1 next door (2714 West Burnham) this past weekend during the “Doors Open MKE” event

3) B1 guests this week include Stephen Keiran of Kieran Timberlake Architects, Philadelphia (guest of UWM/SARUP) and an architect from SOMs London Office (sorry – the name is in our guest book if needed). Both guests specifically requested to see the B1 while in Milwaukee. 

4) The City of Milwaukee has seven buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright including six American System-Built Homes (1916) on West Burnham Street and the Bogk House (1916) on Terrace Avenue.  Other area buildings include The  Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (1959), the Albert Adelman House (1948) and the Joseph Mollica House (1956).

5) The Arthur Munkwitz Apartments (1916) once stood on North 27th Street at Highland Boulevard. The buildings were part of the American System-Built Homes program. Unfortunately they were demolished in 1973 to allow for a widened right turn lane on Highland. This is pretty sad but I suspect it wouldn’t be allowed to happen today!

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Congratulations to everyone at Wright in Wisconsin for their excellent stewardship of Wright's legacy in his home state. Find out more info about this exciting preservation event here.

Photo via Mike Lilek/The ad is from the Sunday July 16, 1916 edition of Milwaukee Journal.



 

 

 
 
 

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