Albert and Edith Adelman House

Albert and Edith Adelman House

Albert and Edith Adelman House
Albert and Edith Adelman House is located in Wisconsin
Albert and Edith Adelman House
Location 7111 N. Barnett Ln., Fox Point, Wisconsin
Area 2.5 acres (1.0 ha)
Built 1948
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural style Usonian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 05000951[1]
Added to NRHP August 26, 2005

The Albert and Edith Adelman House is a Frank Lloyd Wright designed Usonian home in Fox Point, Wisconsin.

Albert "Ollie" Adelman was just 32 years old and had three young sons (Craig) when he asked Frank Lloyd Wright to design an affordable home in 1948. Albert was the son of Benjamin Adelman, founder of a large laundry and dry cleaning business in the Milwaukee area. Wright designed a number of projects for the Adelman family, including a laundry plant, three homes for Benjamin, and two for Albert. Of these, only this house and the Benjamin Adelman Residence in Phoenix (1951), were actually built.

Although the house’s long, low profile recalls Wright’s turn-of-the-century Prairie school homes, it also embodies Wright’s Usonian ideals for low-maintenance buildings. It is built of buff-colored concrete block and cypress, neither of which requires paint or plaster. The roof is covered with hand split cedar shakes and has wide overhangs. Wright also designed many of the interior furnishings. The 170-foot (52 m) long home has five bedrooms on one end, a kitchen and dining room at the other end, and a large living/reception area in the center. A covered walkway leads from the end of the house to the garage, forming an "L" shape.

This house is built on a long, 2.5-acre (1 ha) lot and set back well from the road at the end of a long, winding drive. The lot has a deep, wooded ravine at one end. The house sits at the rear of the lot, overlooking the ravine, and faces south/southeast to take maximum advantage of natural light.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0-226-77621-2 (S.308)

External links

  • Milwaukee Historic Photos - Adelman House
  • Milwaukee County Historical Society - Fox Point Landmarks
  • All-Wright Site - Frank Lloyd Wright Building Guide - Wisconsin (Archived 2009-10-25)
  • Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places
  • Original 1948 Frank Lloyd Wright design board and vintage fabrics for the Albert Adelman House
  • Photo of Albert Adelman House
  • Wright in Wisconsin
  • National Register of Historic Places Listings
  • Still cleaning up - With sheer chutzpah, Adelman built formidable empire