“Everything that mattered most to Frank Lloyd Wright was wrapped up in this single fundamental problem: How to house every working American family in an efficient, economical, and life-enhancing work of art . . . among all this work the American System-Built Homes are the primary landmark.” –Nicholas Olsberg, Historian and former director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
American System-Built Homes located on the south-side of Milwaukee (Burnham Block) Wright’s first attempt at economical housing fits into his canon of architectural works spanning over seven decades, how this project would teach him valuable lessons about such projects going forward and why, on numerous levels, this first attempt was his best.
Rhonda “Ronni” Pelk, a native of a small town in east central Wisconsin, has been a passionate lifelong learner. After obtaining her Bachelor of Art degree in Business Administration, she went back to school 10 years later to obtain her master’s degree in Management and Organizational Behavior. It would be another 10 years before she enrolled in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s docent training program having “caught the bug” while managing the day-to-day operations of the William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design as it transitioned from academically-owned to privately-owned. Several years later, seeking yet another new challenge, she trained at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block where currently, she serves as the docent and private tour coordinator.
Thursday, June 25
8pm EDT | 7pm CDT | 5pm PDT
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Presented in partnership with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block