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AMERICAN SYSTEM BUILT HOMES
   
American System-Built Houses (1915-17 - S.200-204). In a letter written by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer dated May 9, 1972, Pfeiffer writes, "Frank Lloyd Wright began work, in 1911 on a scheme of precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes..." American System-Built Houses, McArthur, 1985, p.13. "The drawing file for the American System-Built Houses is the largest in the Taliesin archives, over nine hundred sheets the greater part of which are working drawings done in ink on waxed linen tracing cloth. Work on this particular project went on over a period of many years, from 1911 to 1917. The size of the file bears witness to the importance of the work, especially since Frank Lloyd   Wright believed that by means of the machine and prefabrication, housing on a moderate scale cost could be produced in the United States..." Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph 4, Pfeiffer, 1985, p.92. It would appear that Pfeiffer believes that the concept was completely Wright’s. But Pfeiffer writes that in 1915, "Arthur Richards... "then employed Wright to design a system of low-cost homes, called The American Ready-Cut System or American System-Built Houses." Wright 1885-1916, Pfeiffer, 2011, p.483. In 1992, from January 24 - February 22, Kelmscott Gallery, exhibited a dozen previously unpublished designs of Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Houses. 
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model A101, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model A101. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model A101. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#:
0128.22.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model A221, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model A221. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model A221. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#:
0128.23.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model A231, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model A231. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model A231. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#:
0128.24.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model A243, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model A243. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model A243. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#:
0128.25.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model B1 Floor Plan, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model B1 Floor Plan. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model B1. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress.

S#:
0128.46.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model B11, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model B11. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model B11. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#:
0128.26.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915 

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model B23, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model B23. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model B23. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

S#: 0
128.27.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model C3, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model C3. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model C3. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art. Also an original 8 x 10 B&W photograph acquired from the Kelmscott Gallery, produced for a exhibit held at the Gallery on January 24 - February 22, 1992.

S#:
0128.28.1216, 0128.29.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model C3 Floor Plan, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model C3 Floor Plan. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model C3. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art. Also an original 8 x 10 B&W photograph acquired from the Kelmscott Gallery, produced for a exhibit held at the Gallery on January 24 - February 22, 1992.

S#:
0128.30.1216, 0128.31.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model C3 Interior, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model C3 Interior. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model C3. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art. Also an original 8 x 10 B&W photograph acquired from the Kelmscott Gallery, produced for a exhibit held at the Gallery on January 24 - February 22, 1992.

S#:
0128.32.1216, 0128.47.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model D1, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model D1. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model D1. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#: 0
128.33.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model D1 Floor Plan, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model D1 Floor Plan. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model D1. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#:
0128.34.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model D1 Floor Plan Second Floor, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model D1 Floor Plan for the Second Floor. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model D1. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#:
0128.35.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model D101, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model D101. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model D101. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art. Also an original 8 x 10 B&W photograph acquired from the Kelmscott Gallery, produced for a exhibit held at the Gallery on January 24 - February 22, 1992.


S#:
0128.36.1216, 0128.37.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model E3, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model E3. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model E3. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11. Stamped on Verso: "Sun Jan 19 1992". Caption pasted on verso: "A dozen previously unpublished designs for FLW pre-fabricated houses will be shown at the Kelmscott Gallery starting Friday." Acquired from the archives of the Associated Press. Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art. Also an original 8 x 10 B&W photograph produced for a exhibit held at the Gallery on January 24 - February 22, 1992.


S#:
0128.38.1216, 0128.39.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model J400 Floor Plan, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model J400. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model J400. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#:
0128.40.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model J401, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model J401. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model J401. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#:
0128.41.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model J900 Floor Plan, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model J900Floor Plan. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model J900. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#:
0128.44.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, Model J902, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page for Model J902. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American Model J902. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art. Also an original 8 x 10 B&W photograph acquired from the Kelmscott Gallery, produced for a exhibit held at the Gallery on January 24 - February 22, 1992. Label on Verso: ".Kelmscott Gallery."

S#:
0128.42.1216, 0128.43.1216
   
Date: Circa 1915

Title:
American System-Built Houses, (Generic) Floor Plan, Circa 1915-1917 (1915-17 - S.200-204).

Description:
Photograph of the promotional page of a Generic Floor Plan. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright began work on a concept for precut, prefabricated housing called the American System-Built Homes. In 1915, Wright partnered with Arthur Richards and produced a line of prefabricated homes. Promotional material was produced to facilitate the sale of the homes. Text of face: "American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Original size of the flyer, 8.5 x 11.

Size:
8 x 10 color photograph courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.


S#:
0128.45.1216
   
Date: C 1917

Title: American System-Built Houses, Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors, Milwaukee. American Homes. Chicago Branch, Pettit and Rockwell, Seven W. Madison St. (Soft Cover) (Published by Pettit & Rockwell, Chicago and The Richards Company, Milwaukee.)

Author: Pettit & Rockwell; The Richards Company

Description: Descriptive booklet for the American System-Built Houses (1915-17 - S.200-204). Most likely published early 1917. "During the winter of 1916-1917 he (Mr. Wright) has been overseeing the construction of the great new Imperial Hotel..." p.4. A larger six-page booklet was published in 1916 (S.130). The Richards Company was formally dissolved on August 6, 1917. "For you who are contemplating building a home, it is no longer necessary to be content with the usual homely box of a house. Through the American System of home building you can secure a wonderfully attractive home, both interior and exterior, because without cost you will have at your disposal the services of America’s greatest architect,
Frank Lloyd Wright... First a word about Mr. Wright, who is the designer of all our buildings and who personally signs the plans as architect. His position as the foremost American architect has been fairly won. Abroad, his work is studied in the great architectural schools as that of the one modern architect who has developed a really original style... The office of Pettit and Rockwell is the selling center for all the Chicago territory..." Includes two illustrations, printed with a wormy line half-tone screen, and five floor plans and one elevation.

Size: 5.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 12

S#:
0130.01.0317
   


Illustrations printed with a wormy line half-tone screen.
   
Date: 1917

Title: Chicago Tribune - March 4, 1917 (Published by The Chicago Tribune, Chicago)

Author: Pettit & Rockwell

Description: Ad for American System-Built Homes. –"that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty." Frank Lloyd Wright. "American Homes. You who contemplate building a home – fortunately you are now able to have a house as artistically beautiful as it is convenient and conformable. The American System of home building enables you to secure houses – correct and charming in design, perfect in taste and intelligent in arrangement – putting at your command the services of Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s foremost creative architect – without extra cost... Less cost – that is one amazing feature of the American System, that these beautiful homes, all Frank Lloyd Wright designs, of guaranteed materials and price, can be built for less money that the ordinary house of similar size and materials..." Includes one illustration from the American System-Built Booklet.

Size: 6.3 x 10.5 B&W photograph.

Pages: P 7

S#:
0138.16.0317
   
Date: 1917

Title: Chicago Tribune - June 3, 1917 (Published by The Chicago Tribune, Chicago)

Author: Pettit & Rockwell

Description: Ad for American System-Built Homes. "Good News About Homes. There’s a bright, cheerful home waiting for your family and you. Most beautiful? Yes, it will have that rare thing – genuine architectural beauty – designed by a leader of architects. You select your plan. It is built to your order – your own. Designed by America’s great creative architect, Frank Lloyd Wright..." Caption under illustration: "This home is being built in Ridge Homes, the new restricted residential sub-division now being offered by Burnhans-Ellinwood & Co. At Tracy, 103rd St. And Hoyne Ave." Includes one illustration. The Guy Smith Residence (S.204.1 - 1917).

Size: 6.5 x 10.5 B&W photograph.

Pages: P 7

S#:
0138.17.0317
   
Date: 1917

Title: Chicago Tribune - July 8, 1917 (Published by The Chicago Tribune, Chicago)

Author: Pettit & Rockwell

Description: Full page ad for American System-Built Homes. "You Can Own An American Home. Before the summer is over you can be the possessor of an American Home... This is Distinctly American Architecture. American Homes reflect American spirit. They are the most recent triumph of Frank Lloyd Wright, recognized at home and abroad as America’s greatest architect. His fame is world-wide, through his most important work has been to teach the American people how they can live in houses that are beautiful, convenient, and enduring..." Caption under illustration: "This home is being built by P. D. Diamond & Co., in Ridge Homes, the new restricted residential sub-division now being offered by Burnhans-Ellinwood & Co. At Tracy, 103rd St. And Hoyne Ave." Includes one illustration. The Guy Smith Residence (S.204.1 - 1917).

Size: 8 x 10.5 B&W photograph.

Pages: P 9

S#:
0138.18.0317
   
Date: 1978

Title: American System-Built Homes, Arthur L. Richards Duplex Apartments, 1978 (1916 - S.201).

Description: View of the third duplex from the left, 2724-26 W. Burnham St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Four nearly identical duplexes built next to each other. The three duplexes on the right used the identical plans. The first duplex on the left used the same plans, but flipped. Clipping taped to verso: "An early Frank Lloyd Wright designed house at 2724 W. Burnham St." Stamped on clipping: "Th May 18 1978." Stamped on verso: "May 11 PM 3:49" and "Ned Vespa." Photographed by Ned Vespa.

Size: Original 10 x 7.5 B&W photograph.

ST#:
1978.51.0318
   
Date: 1985

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright: American System-Built Homes in Milwaukee (Published by North Point Historical Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Author: McArthur, Shirley DuFresne

Description: Preface: "This manuscript represents the extended collection of historical materials gathered in preparation for a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places of the American System-Built Homes in Milwaukee. A study, first estimated to take only three of four months, extended as collateral research was undertaken to establish an historical background supportive of Frank Lloyd Wright’s association with the homes including other Prairie School architecture introduced by the same working teams in Milwaukee County. The nature of the relationship of Wright had been minimized in a number of writings over the past decade..." (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 10.75

Pages: Pp 104

ST#:
1985.62.1216
   
Date: 1992

Title: American System-Built Houses, 1992 Exhibition Announcement (1915-17 - S.200-204)

Author: Kelmscott Gallery

Description: . In 1992, from January 24 - February 22, Kelmscott Gallery exhibited a dozen previously unpublished designs of Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Houses. Text of announcement: "American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee. January 24 - February 22. Kelmscott Gallery , 4611 North Lincoln Chicago 60625."

Size: 9.25 x 4.

Pages: Pp 1

ST#:
1992.113.1216
   
Date: 1994

Publication: Frank Lloyd Wright: American System-Built Houses (Published by the Museum of Modern Art, New York) 

Author: MOMA

Description: A Portfolio Set of Six Prints. American System-Built Houses for the Richards Company.  1915-17. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. David Rockefeller, Jr. Fund, Ira Howard Levy Fund, and Jeffrey P. Klein Fund. Print © 1994 The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2956. (First Edition)

Size: Portfolio: 12.5 x 15.25, Individual Sheets: 12.25 x 15.

Pages: 6

1994.43.0506

 

   
Date: 1994

Title:
American System-Built Houses.

Description:
1) Text of face: "American Model A101. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Lower text: "Frank Lloyd Wright. American System-Built Houses for the Richards Company. 1915-17. Perspective of Model A101. Lithoprint, 11 x 8 ˝". The Museum of Modern Art, New York. David Rockefeller, Jr. Fund, Ira Howard Levy Fund, and Jeffrey P. Klein Fund. Print © 1994 The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2956."

Size:
12.25 x 15

ST#:
1994.43-1
   
Date: 1994

Title:
American System-Built Houses.

Description:
2) Text of face: "American Model C3. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Lower text: "Frank Lloyd Wright. American System-Built Houses for the Richards Company. 1915-17. Perspective of Model C3. Lithoprint, 11 x 8 ˝". The Museum of Modern Art, New York. David Rockefeller, Jr. Fund, Ira Howard Levy Fund, and Jeffrey P. Klein Fund. Print © 1994 The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2968."

Size:
12.25 x 15

ST#:
1994.43-2
   
Date: 1994

Title:
American System-Built Houses.

Description: 3) Text of face: "American Model C3. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Lower text: "Frank Lloyd Wright. American System-Built Houses for the Richards Company. 1915-17. Interior perspective of Model C3. Lithoprint, 11 x 8 ˝". The Museum of Modern Art, New York. David Rockefeller, Jr. Fund, Ira Howard Levy Fund, and Jeffrey P. Klein Fund. Print © 1994 The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2954."

Size:
12.25 x 15

ST#:
1994.43-3
   
Date: 1994

Title:
American System-Built Houses.

Description: 4) Text of face: "American Model C3. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Lower text: "Frank Lloyd Wright. American System-Built Houses for the Richards Company. 1915-17. Axonometric plan of Model C3. Lithoprint, 11 x 8 ˝". The Museum of Modern Art, New York. David Rockefeller, Jr. Fund, Ira Howard Levy Fund, and Jeffrey P. Klein Fund. Print © 1994 The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2953."

Size:
12.25 x 15

ST#:
1994.43-4
   
Date: 1994

Title:
American System-Built Houses.

Description: 5) Text of face: "American Model E3. Patents Applied For. American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Lower text: "Frank Lloyd Wright. American System-Built Houses for the Richards Company. 1915-17. Perspective of Model E3. Lithoprint, 11 x 8 ˝". The Museum of Modern Art, New York. David Rockefeller, Jr. Fund, Ira Howard Levy Fund, and Jeffrey P. Klein Fund. Print © 1994 The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2957."

Size:
12.25 x 15

ST#:
1994.43-5
   
Date: 1994

Title:
American System-Built Houses.

Description: 6) Text of face: "American System-Built Houses. Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. The Richards Company Proprietors. Milwaukee." Lower text: "Frank Lloyd Wright. American System-Built Houses for the Richards Company. 1915-17. Axonometric plan of house. Lithoprint, 11 x 8 ˝". The Museum of Modern Art, New York. David Rockefeller, Jr. Fund, Ira Howard Levy Fund, and Jeffrey P. Klein Fund. Print © 1994 The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2955."

Size:
12.25 x 15

ST#:
1994.43-6
   
Date: 1999

Publication: Frank Lloyd Wright: American System Built Houses (Published by Pomegranate Publications, Rohert Park,. CA.)

Author: Pomegranate Publishers

Description: Between 1915 and 1917, in response to a commission by The Richards Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Frank Lloyd Wright executed a series of residential designs that he called "American System-Built Houses." These designs were for prefabricated housing and, as such, are a very early documenting of Wright's lifelong preoccupation with the issue of affordable housing in America. The original delineations were done in the style of Japanese woodblock prints. These very rare lithographs are from the Architecture, Design and Engineering Collection in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Most of the perspectives, floor plan and interior plates include legends done in Wright's characteristic lettering and is signature "chop with red accents... No. 1353 Frank Lloyd Wright (American 1867 - 1959): American System-Built Houses. Architecture, Design and Engineering Collection. Phonographs courtesy Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. (First Edition)

Size: 24 x 36

ST#: 1999.85.0301

   
Date: 1999

Title: "Wright and Like. June 4-5, 1999. Milwaukee Tours." Sponsored and published by the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program. Inside:

Description: "Celebrate the anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth (June 8) by participating in the fourth annual Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tour..." Tour includes Milwaukee Art Museum, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (S.399 - 1956), Frederick C. Bogk Residence (S.196 - 1916), and nine homes designed by Wright and others including the American System Built Homes (S.200-4 - 1911-17) and the Marshall Erdman Prefabricated, Prefab #1, Joseph Mollica Residence (S#411.1 - 1958). Includes seven photographs.

Size: 3.75 x 8.5, opens to 11 x 17

Pages: Pp 4

ST#: 1999.64.0711

   
   
   
GUY SMITH RESIDENCE (1917 - S.204.1)
   
Date: 1992

Title:
Guy Smith Residence 1992 (1917 - S.204.1).

Description:
Viewed from the Northeast. In 1911, Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Lake Geneva Hotel (S.171) for Arthur L. Richards and John Williams, real estate developers from Milwaukee. In 1915, Richards worked with Wright again when he developed the American System Built Homes. Prefabricated homes, cut in a factory and sold as a finished package. Wright designed dozens of styles from smaller single story, two story, duplexes and larger homes. The first two-story home to be built was the Guy C. Smith Residence in Chicago. The basement housed the utilities, the Living and Dining Rooms and Kitchen were on the first floor. Four Bedrooms, Bath and a Sleeping Porch above the Porte-Cochere were on the second level. Printed on the verso: "Photographer: Neal. Location: 10410 S. Hoyne. Date 03/30/92." Clipping pasted to verso: "This Wright house features a porte-cochere, with an enclosed sunroom atop the drive-through. Tribune photo by Walter Neal. (Stamped Apr 3 - ‘92)." Photographed by Walter Neal. Acquired from the archives of the Chicago Tribune.

Size:
Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.


ST#:
1992.112.1116
 
   
   
AMERICAN SYSTEM-BUILT HOUSES
   
Date: 2016

Title: American System-Built Houses. Lewis E. Burleigh Residence, American System-Built Home 2016 (1915 - S.203.2).

Description: Located at 330 Gregory St., Wilmette, Illinois. According to Storrer, the home was built by Thomas E. Sullivan & Co., and sold to Burleigh in 1919. Some records indicated that the house was sold to J. J. O’Connor in 1916. Considered a "Cottage," it appears to match Model C3. Courtesy of Google Earth.

Size: 10 x 6.5 Color photograph.

ST#: 2016.11.0317
   
Date: 2016

Title: American System-Built Houses. Thomas E. Sullivan Residence, Possibly American System-Built Home 2016 (1915 - S.203).

Description: Located at 336 Gregory St., Wilmette, Illinois. Next door to the Lewis E. Burleigh Residence, a home built by Thomas E. Sullivan, is the home that Sullivan lived in. There is some dispute as the whether this is an American System-Built home, but it is very similar in layout to the Model D-101, but with alterations. Courtesy of Google Earth.

Size: 10 x 7 Color photograph.

ST#: 2016.12.0317
   
   
   

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