NOW:53110:USA00949
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA00949
32°
H 32° L 14°
Cloudy | 9MPH

Learn About Famous Architect Homes in Cudahy at Next Cudahy Historical Society Meeting

Sept. 9, 2013

Lawler Avenue is only a two-block stretch in Cudahy’s Lake Michigan Highlands area east of South Lake Drive near Sheridan Park. The Highlands is an area of diverse architectural home styles that range from the 1920s through 2005. At the south end of Lawler are four mid-1950s era homes that I’m sure a lot of people have driven past and noticed their unique “Prairie” style.
The homes were designed by John Randal McDonald, a prominent architect who worked in the 1950s and 1960s. McDonald was born in Milwaukee in 1922 and served in World War II as an officer in the U.S. Navy before pursuing a degree in architecture. After a brief stint in the fine arts program at the State Teacher’s College, McDonald decided to pursue his interest in architecture, earning a degree from Yale.
Dave Erikson, who is writing a book about John Randal McDonald along with Melissa Grasser, was fortunate enough to actually buy, and move into, one of the famous architect’s homes on Lawler this summer. He will speak and show photos about McDonald, the home he lives in and the neighboring McDonald homes at the September meeting of the Cudahy Historical Society on Tuesday, September 17. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Historic Depot, 4647 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue.
McDonald’s work has often been compared to Wisconsin’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, because nature is a continuous theme in his design. He emphasized the importance of a natural setting and the use of natural materials. McDonald also encouraged homeowners to be aware of the elegance of the natural environment, thereby making them more sensitive to nature. McDonald designed unique homes that not only appealed to the general-public, but were affordable.
Initially, McDonald’s designs were predominately for private residences; however, as years passed and his success and reputation increased, he was commissioned to design monasteries, hotels, factories, dormitories, schools, and churches across the country and abroad.
McDonald constructed his first house, located in Racine, in 1949. In addition to Racine, McDonald designed several private, public, and religious buildings in Milwaukee and Kenosha. With his continued success, McDonald expanded his business and moved to Florida in 1963. McDonald was successful throughout his life as he designed hotels, banks, churches, and marinas throughout the world, as well as homes for various celebrities, such as Bjorn Borg, Mickey Mantle, Perry Como, Jimmy Connors, James Garner and Maureen O'Hara. McDonald died in 2003.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» In more schools, going to class means heading to the woods 11/26

» Franklin Historical Society to host holiday youth activities before 'An Old-Fashioned Christmas' 11/26

» Public workshop welcomes input for Lake Vista redevelopment 11/26

» Mom gets 7 years for child porn between herself and toddler son 11/25

» Have a 'Dickens of a Christmas' in Greendale on December 5 11/24

» Wrong-way driver turns himself in after I-794 crash Updated:  11/22

» Off-duty Milwaukee police officer pepper-sprayed by fleeing suspect 11/22

» State champion Oak Creek girls hoops team opens with rout of Horlick 11/21

» Video: Franklin faces conflicting views on new developments 11/21

» Greendale School Board to host special meeting for potential spring election candidates 11/20

» Franklin adopts 2015 budget, keeps tax levy frozen 11/19

» American flags raised in support of veterans memorial to be removed during Greendale ceremony 11/18

» Oak Creek approves city budget with small tax levy increase 11/17

» Franklin police search for two armed robbery suspects 11/17

» 2 men, ages 75 and 53, tied up at gunpoint in Franklin robbery 11/17

» Kayla's Krew to hold a "Design Day" for all-inclusive playground concepts 11/17

» Donations pour in for family stranded in Franklin motel 11/14

» Greendale's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony set for November 28 11/14

» Franklin house fire results in $90,000 worth of property loss 11/14

» Ditched by traveling subscription sales crew, family huddles in motel 11/13

» Santa is ready to come to Oak Creek with a holiday workshop, bake contest and games 11/13

» Greendale High School's FBLA chapter hosts 'Walk for Wellness' fundraiser for March of Dimes 11/12

» Street to be named for Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel 11/12

» Church loses appeal over late Franklin farmer's estate 11/12

» Amendments pass that would keep wading pool open, continue UW-Extension contract and repair Hales Co 11/11

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT