"Challenged by Herbert Jacobs to create a decent home for $5,000, Wright’s design for 'Jacobs I' (as it came to be known) is widely considered to be Wright’s first Usonian structure." Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Wright coined the term, Usonia, to capture his idea of "affordable" architecture. His Usonian homes hug the earth both figuratively and literally. As in all of his homes, natural materials and colors are used throughout and the fireplace is a central feature.
Jacobs I (Wright eventually designed a second, larger home for the growing Jacobs family) was completed in 1937 and is in Madison, Wisconsin. Over 140 Usonian homes were eventually built based on the groundbreaking ideas first expressed in this home. Usonian homes share an open plan, allowing free flow and sight lines between the living room, dining room and kitchen. This concept was incorporated in the typical American ranch house that became common starting in the 1950's.
The home is a declared National Historic Site and is inscribed in the World Heritage List along with seven other Wright buildings. Although in private hands, it is open periodically for public tours.
The model is detailed inside and out. Look through the windows and you can see the central fireplace. The contours of the site are modeled to give a sense of the home's relation to the earth. The brick and siding on the exterior are modeled to scale.
The kit is a pleasure to build with each step of the process illustrated and clearly described. Beautifully boxed, the Jacobs House kit is the ideal gift for that architect friend, history buff, or even for you!
If you'd rather enjoy the model without building it, you can purchase it professionally built (Pre-assembled). Go to our Finished Model page for more information.
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Each kit comes complete with all required parts and clear, easy to follow instructions. All you’ll need to provide is a good quality wood glue, a knife to remove individual parts from their sheets, and a flat work surface to construct the model.
Materials: American Cherry, MDF and Acrylic
— Scale: 1:100
— Recommended Age: 15 & Up
— Difficulty Level: Intermediate
— Estimated Assembly Time: 7 Hours
— Completed Dimensions: 10"L x 10"W x 2.5"H
Easy to Build
Detailed, step-by-step instructions makes your kit a pleasure to construct.
Beautifully Accurate Models
We research and study the buildings to capture the true essence in our models.
Exquisite Wood Construction
We use the finest wood components (Aspen, American Cherry, Birch, others), and manufacture and inspect all components to the highest standards.