Malcolm Willey House


Courtesy Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries

Courtesy Steve Sikora

Courtesy Steve Sikora

Malcolm Willey House
Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Architecture

The Malcolm Willey House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was commissioned in 1932 when Nancy Willey wrote to the architect after reading about his life and work in An Autobiography. Dubbed the “garden wall” house by Wright, the home’s relatively modest budget and size would pave the way for Wright’s later Usonian Houses. Constructed of red brick and cypress wood, the house is located in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. The planning of an interstate highway in the 1950s threatened the house, a fate that was happily avoided. It has undergone extensive and careful restoration since 2002 by its current owners.