Built in 1955, the Toufic H. Kalil Usonian Automatic House, located in Manchester’s North End, is only one of seven of Wright’s Usonian Automatic houses ever constructed. In the Fall of 2019, this amazing property went on the market for the first time. The Paula Martin Group had the privilege of marketing and selling the property. A truly stellar experience to know that the family put their trust in us combined with listing a home with such a rich history.
Dr. Toufic Kalil, M.D., and his wife Mildred asked Wright to design a simple and functional house for two working professionals. They were inspired by the home of their friend and colleague Dr. Isadore Zimmerman, and his wife Lucille, whose Wright house is on the same street and is now part of the Currier Museum of Art. The home has been evaluated to be in “remarkably good condition” by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Modular in design and construction with all original furnishings and fixtures, this rare mid-century modern gem is in move-in condition. The Kalil House had always been in the family and has never been open for public tours.
Currier Museum of Art acquires “Usonian Automatic” house by America’s most important architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
This is the second Frank Lloyd Wright house that has been acquired by The Currier Museum of Art. It is one of only seven Usonian Automatic houses to survive. This pristine Wright property on .73 acres enjoys many of the architect’s classic features: rich Philippine mahogany paneling, signature Cherokee Red concrete floors, a beautiful sunken fireplace, and a dramatic wall of windows that invites natural light into the spacious living room, central air-conditioning.
An anonymous donor has provided the funds to purchase the house. The donor states: “It is a real privilege to be able to help the Currier Museum of Art acquire this house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, known as the Kalil House. This is an important piece of American architecture and the public’s enjoyment of this house will be increased immeasurably by having the Zimmerman House just three doors down for comparison and contrast.”
The museum now has two outstanding houses by America’s most important architect, making possible exciting new experiences for visitors. For more information or to schedule a tour go to Currier Tours