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Postponed: “Small But Elegant: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Affordable Homes”

Photo by Marsha Shyer.

Presenters: Nicholas and Angela Hayes, stewards of the historic Elizabeth Murphy House.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unitarian roots anchored his art. He saw God in nature and spirit in space. In fact, Wright was on a lifelong humanist quest to create affordable but elegant homes for the working class. He called it his most difficult design challenge.

Some smaller Usonian homes are the most famous examples of this work, but earlier in his career, he created a system of construction to produce minimalist cottages and flats in the Prairie Style that he hoped would beautify American cities.

In 2016, First Church members Nicholas and Angela Hayes became stewards of the tiny, recently-rediscovered century-old Elizabeth Murphy House in Shorewood, the last of Wright’s ill-fated American System-Built Homes. As soon as the they moved in, they began unearthing lost clues explaining Wright’s evolving ideas about the wants and needs of common folks. They will share their experiences through stories and photos at this First Church Forum.

For more information about the Elizabeth Murphy House, visit:

Host: Janet Nortrom

First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Sunday Forum is a Sunday morning lecture series at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee that showcases provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: politics, the environment, health issues, the arts, education and more. The Forum — in Max Otto Hall on our second floor — begins at 10:10 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. Speakers give a 30-minute presentation, followed by questions and brief comments from the audience. Coffee is served. Childcare is available.

April 12, 2020

10:10 am - 10:50 am


First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee
1342 N Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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