When Linda McQuillen and her family purchased a decaying Prairie Style home for $100,000 back in 1989, she had no idea that the fixer-upper was actually a Frank Lloyd Wright design.
Yet after extensive research by Frank Lloyd Wright-scholar Mary Jane Hamilton, the property was confirmed in October 2015 to be a previously undocumented American System-Built (ASB) House, and was part of a short-lived affordable housing initiative by the acclaimed architect.
In the early 1900s, Wright designed over 960 drawings for a series of affordable "system-built" homes that slashed labor and material costs by using a standardization system with factory pre-cut elements.
He had collaborated with the Arthur L. Richards factory in Milwaukee for production. However, it is reported that U.S. involvement in World War I and disagreements with Richards halted production.
McQuillen's home, which was originally built in 1917, is the 16th ASB house identified. The lack of a paper trail and modifications to the property in the 1920s—which enlarged the home to a total of 2,460 square feet—had obscured its Wright origins. However, after being respectfully restored and updated for modern living, the three-bedroom, two-bath home has now hit the market at $777,000.
2107 West Lawn Ave. in Madison, Wisconsin, is now being listed by First Weber Realtors for $777,000.
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