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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore the Newer Side of Milwaukee


4. Insider’s Tip

Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright designed lesser-known homes for working-class families.  

Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright is best known in Milwaukee for the flying saucer–like Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in the suburb of Wauwatosa, but get acquainted with some of his lesser-known work by visiting his American System-Built Homes. Designed as affordable homes for working-class families under the guise of “Democratic Architecture” between 1915 and 1916, six of the structures still stand on West Burnham Street, between 28th Street and Layton Boulevard. Though most of their geometric facades hide various states of deterioration, one 800-square-foot bungalow (2714 West Burnham Street) was restored by a nonprofit now offering tours (from $5) of its modest interior.

Published on Aug 11, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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