Eutopian Usonian

Eutopian Usonian


Homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright are some of the most coveted structures in the world, and can go for millions of dollars. And though owning any abode by the prolific architect is unique, there is now an opportunity to buy an especially rare one in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Toufic H. Kalil House is currently on the market for $850,000, and is one of only seven "DIY" houses created by Wright during the last decade of his life.

In the 1950s, Wright had the idea to design inexpensive houses that owners could construct themselves. Called the Usonian Automatic houses, these were meant to help postwar Americans afford a family home, much like prefab homes were created to drive down housing costs. This was the last type of home Wright created before his death in 1959.

The concept and construction is a bit Lego-like. “He used standard-sized concrete blocks that could be cast by his clients themselves and used a modular-block construction method,” reads the listing. Approximately 4,800 of these blocks make up the 1,480-square-foot Kalil House, plus a small studio on the property. These concrete bricks are found in every room, from the two bedrooms and study to the large open living room and dining room. Even the kitchen is lined with the blocks.

Built in 1955, the residence comes complete with all the original furnishings and fixtures, making it a “rare mid century modern gem” that’s move-in ready. “The simple, one-story design is low maintenance and does not require replacement items, paint, or other renovations,” reads the listing. And since the house has been held in the same family for years, this is the first time the public has a chance to get a peek inside.

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