$725K Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Wisconsin Home Available for First Time

During the mid-1950s, famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed a home in Mount Pleasant, WI, for the daughter of an SC Johnson Co. president.

Now, that Usonian-style property—known as the Willard Keland Home—is up for sale for the first time. It’s available for $725,000.

That price is well above the village’s $275,000 median listing price, accounting for the architectural pedigree.

Built into a bluff overlooking a ravine, the property is set on 3.2 acres and offers six bedrooms and 6.5 baths.

Signature style

A copper roof and brick exterior are paired with an abundance of Wright’s signature built-ins and banquette seating inside the perfectly preserved home. The cantilevered living room above the ravine takes full advantage of its natural surroundings, another trademark of Wright’s design. In addition, expansive windows connect the interior to the exterior elements.

And all but one of the bedrooms is en suite, perfect for hosting overnight guests.

Spanning 4,978 square feet, the layout is considerably larger than Wright’s other Usonian homes.

Karen Johnson Boyd and her first husband, Willard Kellandcommissioned Wright for the project in 1954. The home has stayed in the family.

In 1961, two years after Wright’s death, his chief draftsman, John “Jack” Howeadded some design changes to the home.

This included a new front entry and a breezeway to the new garage, as well as a new primary bedroom above the carport. The property includes a two-car garage and mature gardens.

Entry

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Dining area

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Fireplace

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One of the bedrooms

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Second story

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Terrace

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Gardens

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Family history

Johnson Boyd was the daughter of Herbert Fisk Johnson Jr.whose grandfather Samuel Curtis Johnson founded the company SC Johnson & Son, in Racine. And she seems to have inherited a love of Wright buildings.

Johnson Boyd had grown up in a different Wright-designed property known as the Wingspread estate in nearby Wind Point. Wright designed that 36-acre estate in 1937. It’s now owned by the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, open for public tours, and is also used as a conference and retreat site.

Johnson Boyd later lived in the Willard Keland Home with her children and second husband, Bill Boyd. She died in 2016, and Boyd died in 2020.

The Tony Veranth Team is handling the listing.

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