Usonian Houses: Frank Lloyd Wright at a Glance by Doreen Ehrlich
12mo. pp. 96. profusely illustrated, 2 fold-outs. index. boards. dw. [London]: PRC Publishing, 2002.
ISBN-10: 1856487202 / ISBN-13: 9781856487207
Despite his roster of famously elite achievements-museums, public buildings, grand homes of wealthy clients-Frank Lloyd Wright was aware of the needs of the typical American family, particularly during the Great Depression. For them he designed the "Usonian Home" and proved that affordability and superb architecture could go hand in hand. With simple supplies and characteristic creativity, Wright devised a home that belied its modest price tag and sacrificed nothing in the way of elegance. Take a fascinating tour of the best of these homes--including the inaugural Jacobs House (1936)--each one built on the same principles, but subtly differing, depending on the lifestyles of the occupants and local materials available. A history of the design concept combined with ten detailed case studies demonstrate Wright's incredible ability to adapt his innovative ideas and methods to the needs of ordinary American folk.