An early Usonian-style home by Frank Lloyd Wright is now for sale in Wausau, Wisconsin, a couple hours north of Wright’s Taliesin East campus in Spring Green. The landmarked 1938 Charles L. and Dorothy Manson House features many historic details—including what some believe to be the first installation of Wright’s now-famous perforated window screens. After completing a full restoration, the current owners of six years are ready to hand over the keys.
According to the listing, the design began with a 1938 letter to Wright from Manson, who had read about the architect’s work in that year’s issue of The Architectural Forum. Manson suggested that Wright consider designs for "those of us who must carry our ideas as far as possible on a limited budget." With Manson offering a $7,500 budget, Wright responded, "We will build your house for you...come to Taliesin and see us and talk it over." Many visits and discussions over three years led to the home's completion in late 1941.
The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Since then, the current owners repaired and restored many original features following approval from the local historic preservation committee. Recent updates include replacing the original, leak-ridden pebble-and-tar roof with an efficient rubber roofing system, re-staining the exterior, and removing extra windows not included in Wright’s original plans. The owners also remodeled the kitchen, restored both fireplace openings, and repointed bricks around the house.
The Mason House, located in Wausau’s historic East Hill neighborhood, offers four bedrooms and three full bathrooms spread out across nearly 2,500 square feet. Included with the sale are all original blueprints, as well as all furniture. The home is sited on a .58-acre lot, and an adjacent .34-acre lot is also included. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, which is currently asking price $425,000.
The Charles Manson House by Frank Lloyd Wright is currently for sale by owner with an asking price of $425,000. For more information, visit the property website or contact the current homeowner, David Wood.
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