Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Usonian Automatic House on the Market for the First Time
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation | Sep 19, 2019
The 1,406 square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom Usonian Automatic-style home in New Hampshire is on the market for $850,000.
For the first time since it was built in 1955, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Toufic H. Kalil House, located in Manchester, New Hampshire is for sale, listed for $850,000. The remarkably well-kept two-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built for Dr. Kalil and his wife Mildred after Wright built a similar home for the Kalil’s friends Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman, located just down the street.
The home is one of only seven Usonian Automatic houses ever built, a style of cost-effective home Wright pioneered. Wright patented the technique seen in the Kalil House, where he used interlocking concrete blocks and reinforced them with horizontal and vertical rods set into the walls and roof, with a grout mixture between the rods and blocks. Wright intended to someday make this technique easy and available for home buyers to construct themselves.
The 1,406 square-foot home, located on an oversized 0.73 acre city lot, features an L-shaped plan, as well as many signature Wright details including original Wright-designed furniture, original textiles, and a Cherokee Red concrete floor with radiant heating and in-floor air ducts.
The unique design of the home filters in a great amount of natural light, with 350 individual glass windows that are both fixed and operable. The home also includes a fireplace, a study, and a carport.
Although many of the original features of the home have been maintained over the years, many things have been updated. This includes updates to the roof, lighting circuits, landscaping, and the backyard patio.
Just behind the home is a small unfinished standalone guest house or studio, made using the same technique as the main house. The 264 square-foot studio has plumbing and electrical service. With the sale of the home, the buyer will be given a digital collection of original plans, documentation, and correspondence between Wright and the Kalil family.