A midcentury residence in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright is now on the market in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. Completed in 1955, the home was designed by local architect John Randall McDonald, whose work often emulated Wright but omitted excessive ornamentation to save on costs. As this home shows, McDonald opted for minimalist finishes, such as simple wood cladding and built-ins, while implementing a generous fenestration plan to integrate the structure with the site.
McDonald—who studied under Louis Kahn, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and other modernist masters at Yale University in the 1940s—designed hundreds of structures throughout his decades-long career, continuing to practice until his death in 2003. At one point, he became well known for delivering the stylings of Frank Lloyd Wright at a comparatively affordable price.
According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, this particular home is one of five by McDonald that was designed and built in Brookfield, although his body of work stretches from Utah to New York. He also reportedly designed homes for celebrities, such as Mickey Mantle, James Garner, and Maureen O'Hara.
This midcentury by McDonald offers just over 3,000 square feet of interior space, including four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The second level features a bookshelf-lined hallway that runs the length of the house, as well as a parallel balcony that connects to each bedroom along the rear facade.
Modern changes include updated bathrooms and a revamped kitchen, as well as restored terrazzo floors and system upgrades. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $369,000.
16835 W Woodview Drive in Brookfield, Wisconsin, is currently listed for $369,000 by Jessica Keiley of Bluebell Realty.
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