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Toufic Kalil House / Frank Lloyd Wright


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Toufic Kalil House in Manchester, New Hampshire is now up for sale. One of only seven Usonian Automatic houses designed and constructed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

What is Usonian Automatic? Well, Usonian from the United States of America to denote a national style and Automatic because this was intended to be a new and easy way of building modular houses moderate in cost for the streamlined lifestyle of post-war Americans. Those houses used a concrete masonry building system, allowing materials to be manufactured and sent to the owners in a kit form for self-construction. The problem was that these large-scale puzzles were difficult to assemble, hence why so few actually made it from the drawing board into reality. This one required a total of 4,800 of the Usonian Automatic blocks. The people responsible for putting it together were Dr Toufic Kalil and his wife Mildred, who oversaw its construction back in 1955 — via WowHaus

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