The Jacobs I House: Wright's Prescription for Modest Cost Housing Through the Elimination of the Insignificant
Ostensibly, Wright’s prescription for this new home was an application of the “elimination
of the insignificant,” a phrase he explained in some detail 25 years earlier in his book, The Japanese
Print: An Interpretation. Wright’s relentless pursuit of this principle in uncompromising architectural
form involved strong sacrifices and an unconventional environment for its inhabitants. The purpose of
this paper is to explore the Jacobs house from a material culture standpoint, extending E. McClung
Fleming’s model for artifact study, which was developed primarily for early American decorative arts
but is being extended into architecture here.