Madison – Milwaukee

Wednesday, July 4th.

#102. Eugene Van Tamelen House (1956)
5817 Anchorage Road, Madison, Wisconsin

The Tamelen Residence is one of Wright’s Prefab #1 houses, characteristic of being constructed with a masonry core and exterior panel siding of Masonite board on 2 by 4 inch studs, decorated with horizontal battens on 16 inch centers enveloping the 4 by 8 foot mahogany plywood. He separates the living room from the kitchen with an entry or lobby, creating a part of the home he called “quiet space”. Although we could not get into this house, the plan of this house is identical to the Duncan Residence we saw in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, which is also a Prefab #1 design. The same brown tone is used for both brick and wood batten, and the house sits quietly in the green.

#103. Herbert and Katherine Jacobs First Residence (1936)
441 Toepfer Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin
The house is a L-shape plan with the active space and quiet space joined on a 90 degree angle. The house is based on a 2 by 4 foot grid. Once again, the radiant floor heating system was flawed and had to be redone with polybutylene pipes. 

#104. Eugene A. Gilmore Residence (1908)
120 Ely Place, Madison, Wisconsin
The house is nicknamed the “airplane house”, perhaps due to the triangular angled porch that sits under the large rectangular overhang. (a) The small porches represent a break in Wright’s consistent rectangular and octagonal grid. The second floor entrance was an addition by Howard and Nelle Weiss in 1928 (b), since visitors had to originally enter through the basement on the ground level and take the stairs up to the living room.

#105. Robert M. Lamp Residence (1903)
22 North Butler Street, Madison, Wisconsin
Only in a nice neighborhood like Madison could you have broken windows and still not get broken into. The exterior of the house looked as if it’d gone through some trauma, (a) while the interior looked to be kept somewhat well intact. (b) The roof terrace provides views to Madison’s lakes. As seen in the symmetrical façade, the house is an example of Wright’s early four-square plan. The house is the beginning of the fireproof house, a further developed square plan. 
#106. Bernice and Richard Smith Residence (1950)
332 E Linden Drive, Jefferson, Wisconsin
The house is based on an equilateral parallelogram module, with the living room placed 120 degrees to the workspace and dining area, and the bedroom wing at 60 degrees. (b)

#107. Dr. Maurice and Margaret Greenberg Residence (1954)
3902 Highway 67, Dousman, Wisconsin
The ancillary services wing is at 60 degrees to the living room and the quiet wing at 30 degrees, each using its own grid of 4 foot squares. They grids are interlocked at two pivot points. The living room and triangular balcony cantilevers above the treetops, forming a triangular concrete extrusion from the brick structure. (c) From ground level looking beyond the cantilever, the ground plane of the house continues off into mid-air. The window pattern possibly suggests the sharp angles formed by the merging of different grids. (b)


#108. Arthur L. Richards Duplex Apartments (1916)
2734 West Burnham Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
All of the apartments have been bought by the Conservancy, so they were all vacant. They are all identical in plan, with the exception of the one on the corner lot being the mirrored plan to induce privacy. 

#109. Arthur L. Richards Small House (1915)
2714 West Burnham Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Just east of the Duplex Apartments, the small single story, flat roofed, American System built house sits in far better condition that the previous houses. The owner of the house has renovated it and runs tours on weekends. 

#110. Richards Bungalow (1915)
1835 South Layton Boulevard, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
On the very east is the small bungalow that is unique in its materiality and form compared to the other Wright houses on the block. The irregularly cut stone of the similar washed out burgundy tone create a subtle texture. Eaves overhang the entire perimeter of the house.  
#111. Albert (Ollie and Edie) Adelman Residence (1948)
7001-7099 N Belmont Lane, Fox Point, Wisconsin
Placed far back in a large front yard, the extremely long, one story structure of Adelman Residence sits quietly in its site. 

#112. Joseph Mollica Residence (1958)
1001 West Jonathan Lane, Bayside, Wisconsin
The owners, studying to be dosens for Wright buildings, were gracious enough to invite us in for a tour of the house. Another one of Marshall Erdman Prefab #1, the Mollica Residence is a mirror image of the Cass Residence in Staten Island and the Duncan Residence in Johnstwon, Pennsylvania. However, additional rooms were added, making this the largest of the prefabs. Due to the excessive construction cost of the design, the economic purpose of Prefab is defeated. Movement is introduced in the interior through the use of horizontal lining with the wood batten. (a) An additional room was constructed in the basement, and when additional windows were required, they lowered the ground. (b)