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This American House: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meier House and the American System-Built Homes


Long before designing his signature Usonian houses, Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned an earlier series of affordable models for the middle class: The American System-Built Homes. He developed seven floor plans of varying size and layout, standardized so that materials could be precut at the factory to reduce costs. Only a few years after the project began, the United States entered World War I, and all home construction was stalled due to lumber shortages. Wright then turned his attention to other projects, and with fewer than 20 built, the American System-Built Homes were all but forgotten. In 2011, Jason Loper and Michael Schreiber purchased the only American System-Built Home constructed in Iowa, the Meier House, which set them on a course of refurbishing and researching their new residence. In This American House, Loper and Schreiber trace the history of the Meier House through its previous owners, and shed light on this underexplored period of Wright’s oeuvre. With a preface by John H. Waters, the Preservation Programs Manager of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, This American House addresses what it means to be the stewards of a piece of history.
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book,with textured case
128 pages; more than 120 photographs of Wright’s American System-Built Homes, architectural drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright, and historical images of the Meier House and its owners

Written by Jason Loper and Michael Schreiber
Preface by John H. Waters, Preservation Programs Manager of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

• High-quality, premium stock matte art paper
• Exceptional color reproduction
• Printed with soy-based inks
• Sewn binding ensures long-lasting enjoyment

Size: 8.75 x 10 in.

ISBN 9781087500614