On the Market: A Well-Preserved Frank Lloyd Wright Milwaukee Home

Frank Lloyd Wright’s one-of-a-kind home in Milwaukee, Wis. is for sale. Known as the Frederick C. Bogk House, the special home is the only single-family residence designed by Wright in the city and is currently on the market for $1.5 million.

The Frederick C. Bogk House was designed for alderman and entrepreneur Frederick Bogk in 1916. At that time, Wright was also working on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, so the Milwaukee home features subtle hints of Japanese influences that make it unique from his other single-story Prairie homes. 

Located at 2420 N. Terrace Ave, the single-family home is constructed entirely with concrete across multiple levels featuring a brick veneer, decorative beams, geometric patterns and a green-tiled hip roof similar to that of a Japanese temple. 

The home has five bedrooms and three and a half baths, and boasts amenities such as original cabinetry, monumental fireplaces, a spacious attic that was requested by Mrs. Bogk, as well as being in an ideal setting just a few blocks away from Lake Park.

Wright completed the Milwaukee residence in 1917, which Mr. and Mrs. Bogk owned until 1955 when they sold it to Barbara and Robert Elsner, who were founding members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. The Elsner family has cherished and owned the house since then, incorporating Wright-designed furniture and other auction pieces into the home using advice from the architect himself.  

The Wright-designed furniture include pieces original to the Bogk house, a rare piece from 1917 and several late-period works by Wright, which are also for sale separately for around $900,000.

The home is listed by Christie’s International Real Estate and is on the market for only the second time in 107 years. View the listing here

Photos courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

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