The first Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house to be built in the Detroit metropolitan area, the Affleck House represents one of the finest examples in the world of the architect’s Usonian style, the last great period of Wright’s career. Designed to exist in harmony with the home’s site and nature, the Affleck House was a part of Wright’s attempt to meet the need for low-cost housing for the average American. The importance of the house is borne by the fact that it was placed on the Michigan Register of Historic Places in 1978 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The Michigan Society of Architects includes the house among Michigan’s 50 most significant structures.
Built by Gregor S. and Elizabeth B. Affleck, the house was donated to Lawrence Technological University in 1978 by their children, Mary Ann Affleck Lutomski and Gregor P. Affleck, for use as a teaching resource for the University’s College of Architecture and Design faculty and students. Over the years, architecture students have lived in the house to provide access to the public, give tours, and advance the University’s research and restoration efforts.