Journal or Book Title
Midwest Architecture Journeys. Edited by Zach Mortice, with an introduction by Alexandra Lange
In 1945, as the war in Europe came to an end, popular press journals throughout America featured designs for houses to be built rapidly and inexpensively for returning solider and their future families. Frank Lloyd Wright, at the time seventy-eight years old, understood this need as an opportunity to populate the nation with his novel design for what he called "the little American house". Wright believed the domestic environment should be "organic" and "natural" and that each house, no matter how small, should be custom-fitted to its site. But the great demand for houses suggested they not be custom-fitted to a unique site, but that they should be closely packed on flat, monotonous parcels of land with no natural amenities, and that they be built quickly in the easiest way possible. What to do?
Naegele, Daniel J., "Making Nature Present: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Magazine House in Iowa" (2019). Architecture Publications. 103.