W. Burnham St. | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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W. Burnham St.

National or State Register of Historic Places
W. Burnham St. | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:American System Built Homes-Burnham Street District
Reference Number:85002166
Location (Address):W. Burnham St.
Burnham Street District
2700 block, West Burnham Street, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Date of Construction: 1916

The Burnham Street District was part of the American Built-System Homes project funded by Arthur L. Richards and designed by the recognized master architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright designed these as low cost factory produced houses. Six American Built-System Homes were erected in this middle working class neighborhood. Four of the houses contain two-family apartments; the other two are small, single-family cottages of differing designs.

The three building designs are characteristic of Wright's Prairie work. He believed in the universality of fundamental geometrical forms, seen here in the repetition of rectangular shapes and horizontal elements. The low slung lines, broad overhangs and spare detailing is distinctively Wright. A prominent feature of his designs is the incorporation of built-in furniture that is scaled to the "naturally grown interior."

The Richards Company, established by Arthur L. Richards, marketed American Built-System Homes worldwide, but met with little success following the completion of these model homes. This standardized system represents a Wright's pioneering work with "mass produced" housing that became a prominent theme throughout his career.

The buildings are now privately owned, please respect the privacy rights of the owners.

Period of Significance:1915-1916
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Historic Use:Domestic: Multiple Dwelling
Architectural Style:Prairie School
Resource Type:District
Architect:Wright,Frank Lloyd
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:09/12/1985
State Register Listing Date:01/01/1989
Number of Contributing Buildings:6
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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