American System Built Homes - Frank Lloyd Wright - 1916

Regular price $49.95

Sheet List - 4 sheets measuring 24" x 36"

  • Cover Sheet, Information, Perspective, Site Plan
  • Basement Plan, First Floor Plan, Section, 1/4"=1'-0", 3/4"=1'-0"
  • 4 Elevations, 1/4"=1'-0"
  • Building Section, Fireplace & Window Details, various scale

Frank Lloyd Wright, father of the Prairie School of design, was always interested in ways to reduce the cost of construction and make great architecture more affordable. With the System Built concept he explored the possibility of creating a kit of parts that could be assembled into a variety of different house plans. Only a few of these houses were built. This house, in Milwaukie, Wisconsin, is an excellent example. It shows the application of the kit to a single story design. The design demonstrates many of the qualities that make Frank Lloyd Wright's homes so livable. The entry sequence involves changes in direction, steps, increasing levels of enclosure, until, finally, at the heart of the house we reach the hearth. All the spaces in this house pinwheel around the fireplace, the glowing warmth at the center of the home. Just behind it Wright raises the ceiling, bringing natural light into what would have been the darkest space in the house. This stable, warm, sunlit center of the home contrasts with the edges, where windows, pressed to the corners of the rooms, dissolve the box of the structure.

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. Any photos shown in the description are informational only and are NOT included in your purchase. The original, public domain drawings were prepared by the Historical American Building Survey and rest in the Library of Congress.

IMPORTANT - IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as will be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. Nor are they designed to meet current building codes. These are measured drawings of actual historic American homes that provide accurate design information about these homes. Your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary.

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