The Wisconsin-born architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs are sprinkled throughout the Milwaukee area. The legendary designer’s work in his home state consists of a mix of Usonian residences (innovative Prairie-style designs) and American System-Built Homes, built for the working class.
Out of the latter project came draftsmen like Russell Barr Williamson, who—after Wright pulled the plug on the concept in 1917—branched out on his own.
One such design by Barr Williamson went on the market in Shorewood, WI, in early July. With its pedigree, the home in the village bordering Milwaukee to the north had no problem finding an interested buyer.
Built in 1923, the 1,600-square-foot home offers three bedrooms and one bathroom and sits just four blocks west of the Lake Michigan shoreline and a public beach.
Best of all? It has only had two owners over the past century. Listed for $399,900, the home sold over asking, at $415,000, late last week to its third steward.
It spans two levels, and the first floor includes two bedrooms and the home’s lone bathroom. On the top floor is a third bedroom—and the most spacious of the three.
A compressed entry through the porch is a common design feature used by both Wright and Barr Williamson.
Once inside, French doors divide the mudroom from the living room, where a brick fireplace stretches nearly to the ceiling and banquettes seamlessly carve in window seating.
A couch to one side of the fireplace is also a built-in and is paired with a built-in side table.
Multipane windows in each room coax in natural light, while the kitchen is in impeccable condition—a testament to the home’s having had only two owners. Two tiers of cabinet storage above the countertops, with glass-door and open-corner designs, provide plenty of space, while cabinetry and drawers are also below the sink and stove.
White subway tile in the bathroom sets up a timeless aesthetic, along with a pedestal sink, true to the period in which the home was constructed. The property also includes a detached two-car garage.
Jay Schmidt of Keller Williams Realty-North Shore handled both the buyer and the seller in the transaction.
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