Built from modular concrete blocks, the Usonian Automatic is one of just two Wright-designed homes in St. Louis—and even comes with the original furniture.
Usonian homes were Frank Lloyd Wright’s solution for middle-class, affordable housing in America that he started designing in the 1930s. The Usonian Automatic concept took his vision one step further—first using the term in the early 1950s, Wright hoped for homeowners to save money by building their own Usonian residences with modular, concrete blocks. Ultimately, however, assembling the 12" x 24" blocks proved to be more complicated than anticipated, and contractors became necessary to complete construction.
One such construction, now for sale, is the 2,310-square-foot Theodore and Bette Pappas House, designed in 1955 for the Pappas family—the original and only owners to date. Set on 3.36 acres of private land in Town and Country, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, the historically registered home is one of only two Wright-designed buildings in all of St. Louis.
The Pappas family worked with Wright on the planning of their residence, but by the time construction began in 1960, Wright had passed away. The home required several additions, including a bedroom and family room to accommodate the growing family, so the project was carried out by the Taliesin Associated Architects, who saw it through to its completion in 1964. Now the distinguished home—and all the original furniture—is being offered for $1,200,000.