June 5, 2015 - Milwaukee
HOUSE IN SHOREWOOD, WIS., IDENTIFIED AS FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT DESIGN
Rare discovery of a Wright Home uncovered by Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin
[Milwaukee, Wis.] — A previously unidentified Frank Lloyd Wright design was revealed today in Shorewood, Wis. The house at 2106 Newton Avenue was constructed in 1917 as an American System-Built House, a venture Wright undertook to design, develop and market well-designed houses to a broad market by using standardization to make them affordable.
“The home is an exact match to a drawing in the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives,” said Mike Lilek, Curator, American System-Built Homes, at Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin. “I received a tip about the Newton home a few years ago and brushed it off. Only 433 Wright designs were executed and they are well-known and carefully researched, so I thought it couldn’t be. When I finally visited the home I discovered many similarities to the Wright homes I care for on Burnham Street in Milwaukee.” Lilek wanted to leave no stone unturned and found himself at the Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Research Library. “I remember jumping and making a lot of noise in the library at the Milwaukee County Historical Society when all the pieces fell into place and I knew I had discovered another Wright building.” Lilek has since checked around the country and no one can recall the last time an actual Wright building was discovered. “It’s been at least a decade. This is so incredibly rare and unusual,” said Lilek.
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