S.201 – Arthur L. Richards Duplex Apartments,
2720-2734 W. Burnham Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Photographed on May 11, 2012. Wright designed an entire city block of prefab homes for Arthur L. Richards, a real estate developer who hoped to sell prefabricated houses. The houses were part of Wright’s dream to sell prefabs all across the country through builder/licensees. While many were built by Richards’ company, World War I’s restrictions on building materials and various developer/architect disputes brought the project to an early end. Of 25 structures believed built, 15 survive.
The duplexes on Burnham Street served as demo units for the Milwaukee-based manufacturer, as did the single residences (S.202, S.203). The duplexes all employ the same design, although S.201.4 is a mirror image of the others. They have all been renovated and changed over the years, so the colors and sheathing are not as designed.
The addresses go up as you look from east to west (right to left), from South Layton Street to 28th Street (east to west). Prof. Storrer has assigned decimal suffixes to the four duplexes, in order of their addresses:
S.203.1 – 1835 S. Layton
S.202 – 2714 W. Burnham
S.201.1 – 2720 & 2722 W. Burnham
S.201.2 – 2724 & 2726 W. Burnham
S.201.3 – 2728 & 2730 W. Burnham
S.201.4 – 2732 & 2734 W. Burnham
Narrow gap between S.201.4 & S.201.3
Left: S.201.4, S.201.3, and S.201.2. Right: sidewalk gap between S.201.1 & S.201.2
S.201.2, S.201.1, and S.202
From 28th Street, looking east – the grey duplex in the foreground is S.201.4