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.