An example of the American System-Built scheme of construction. The American System of Housing was a short lived venture between Frank Lloyd Wright and the Richards Company of Wisconsin. It is known that Wright took an interest in low cost housing systems in the early 1900's and started developing plans. Demonstration houses were designed for E. C. Waller of Chicago, as early as 1908, but wer never built. Wright's studio was working on a number of plans for different model houses for the American System by 1911.
For the American Ready-Cuts, Wright conceived an innovative scheme of construction utilizing pre-milled materials and two foot framing modules. The materials would be fabricated in the Wisconsin studios of the Richards Company and then sent to the building site. Wright, in addition to establishing design, controlled sales and construction by creating a system of unique local representatives and contractors With America's entry into World War I, the building venture between Wright and the Richards Company ended.