An American Home
This FREE screening is sponsored by The Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA). Co-producer and director Thomas Desch will lead a post-show discussion.
2017 | Thomas Desch | USA | English | CC not available | 55 min | NR
Frank Lloyd Wright, perhaps the 20th Century’s most influential architect, redefined architecture when he designed the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, Illinois. To many scholars, this single family home represents Wright’s first complete foray into the “Prairie Style.” Despite this distinction, the structure has remained relatively overlooked in Wright’s lexicon.
AN AMERICAN HOME tells the interweaving stories of Frank Lloyd Wright, the B. Harley Bradley House — one of Wright’s earliest designs, and the community of Kankakee, Illinois where the home resides. Over the course of their lives, Wright and his Bradley House both experienced moments of tremendous hardship followed by great resurgences. The working-class city of Kankakee, Illinois is in the midst of its own resurgence, and Wright’s 116 year-old house is part of the town’s rebirth.