Article by Sue Vliet and Joshua McGowan
Photos by Sue Vliet
Local and out-of-state architecture enthusiasts spent the day recently touring Milwaukee neighborhood houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and related architects, including three Wright homes on Burnham Avenue in Layton Boulevard West. The Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program held its annual Wright and Like Tour this year in Milwaukee, highlighting 13 homes and drawing as many as 700 visitors.
At each location, including the four homes on the tour designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, guides shared detailed information about the homes and history of the buildings. Three of the Wright buildings are American System-Built homes, designed in 1916 and heralded as examples of Wright’s vision for affordable housing. A fourth Wright home, located north of Milwaukee in Bayside, is a prefabricated design built in 1956 by contractor Joseph Mollica.
Other homes on the self-drive tour were designed by “Like” architects Russell Barr Williamson, John Randal McDonald, Milwaukee architect Clare Hosmer and the architecture firm Leenhouts & Guthrie, and Mendel Glickman, a structural engineer and associate of Frank Lloyd Wright.