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Usonia, New York’s ( Mount Pleasant ) master plan was developed by Frank Lloyd Wright, includes three of his houses, and initially functioned in many ways as a suburban commune.

Utopian Vision: Usonia, by Steven Millar, 2007.

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Wright’s original circular plots for Usonia were rejected by town administrators, and his ideal forms gave way to irregular and at times awkward compromises.

Utopian Vision: Usonia - detail, by Steven Millar, 2007.

Utopian Vision distills this history into a fragmented vision of layered planes. The white surfaces seem almost to levitate and suggest a quiet sense of longing. With light streaming through the circular voids, the landscape seems permeable, shifting, and above all human.


Utopian Vision: Usonia - detail, by Steven Millar, 2007.

In 1936, when the United States was in the depths of an economic depression, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright developed a series of homes he called Usonian. Designed to control costs, Wright’s Usonian houses had no attics, no basements, and little ornamentation.

Frank Lloyd Wright built more than a hundred Usonian houses.
A few of the most famous Usonian houses are:


The word Usonia is an abbreviation for United States of North America. Frank Lloyd Wright aspired to create a democratic, distinctly American style that was affordable for the “common people.”