Lawrence Tech students learn by restoring Frank Lloyd Wright house

Lawrence Technological University students majoring in architecture and construction are getting experience in restoring a house… but just not any house… a Frank Lloyd Wright house.


Restoring a house can be backbreaking work.

But when the work in question involves painstakingly refinishing tidewater cypress siding in a 2,350-square-foot Frank Lloyd Wright home — well, that was a different story for two Lawrence Tech University students.

“Now I can go on a job interview and say not only have I restored a Frank Lloyd Wright home, but I did it myself,” said Justin Butler, 23, a senior from Farmington Hills, as he stood on deck of the house tucked inside a secluded woods.

“We’re getting real-world construction experience, not just theoretical.”

Butler and Doug Metiva, 25, also of Farmington Hills, are majoring in architecture and construction management. They’re participating in a work-study program through the architecture and design department at the university, and were assigned the job to restore the Affleck House, built in 1940.

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