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Jacobs House 2

Middleton, WisconsinFrank Lloyd Wright

In 1936, during the Great Depression, Herbert and Katherine Jacobs asked architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a house for them with a construction budget of only $5,000. Wright seized this opportunity to implement his ideas for an affordable home. The result, the brilliant Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin, designed down to the last detail, became, as the first ‘Usonian’, the start of a long series of Wright-designed homes. These Usonians (in 1927 Wright started using the word ‘Usonia’ to designate the United States of America) all vary in spatial organization, material use and details from the first Jacobs House. To Wright’s dismay, the Jacobs sold the house six years after it was completed and moved to a farm-house outside of town…