Frank Lloyd Wright – arguably America's greatest architect and designer – built many homes in his home state of Wisconsin, but one had been hiding in plain sight for decades.
A home on Newton Avenue in Shorewood, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee, has been identified as a Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin said in a news release.
“I received a tip about the Newton home a few years ago and brushed it off. Only 433 Wright designs were executed and they are well-known and carefully researched, so I thought it couldn’t be," Mike Lilek, of Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin, said in the release. "When I finally visited the home I discovered many similarities to the Wright homes I care for on Burnham Street in Milwaukee.”
After doing research, the pieces of the puzzle came together, and now it's official – the Newton Avenue home, constructed in 1917 as an American System-Built House – was designed by the iconic architect.
It was part of his venture to design and market well-designed homes to a broad market by standardizing them to make them affordable, the release notes.
Wright had drawn and sketched more than 900 of these homes in his career, the release notes, however few were built. This is only the 14th System-Built House to be identified, On Milwaukee reports.
The Shorewood house – being called the Elizabeth Murphy House – is a "Model A203" with two bedrooms, although some remodeling has occurred over the years, many Wright designs are still visible: the original art glass windows, the wide chimney, the hipped roof, a pebble dash wall finish and woodwork on the walls.
"This is so incredibly rare and unusual," Lilek told the Journal Sentinel.
It has been at least 10 years since the last Wright-designed home was discovered. The home, owned by Pat Wisialowski, is expected to increase in value by 40 percent now, the newspaper notes.
"It's a gift and a blessing to have this home," Wisialowski told the Journal Sentinel. "It's a work of art."