about THE FILM


Frank Lloyd Wright, perhaps the 20th Century's most influential architect, redefined architecture when he designed the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, Illinois. To many scholars, this single family home represents Wright's first complete foray into the "Prairie Style." Despite this distinction, the structure has remained relatively overlooked in Wright's lexicon.  An American Home intends to share the story of this architectural treasure and explore its uncanny connection to the rise, fall, and resurgence of its designer and the community in which it resides.


It’s a dazzling house with Wright really coming into his own as a great architect.
— Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic

The production team

  • Producer/Director: Tom Desch
  • Producer: Pat Wisniewski
  • Director of Photography: Justin Hayward


A.N. Webber, Inc.- In Memory of A.N. "Jerk" Webber
Apothecary Arts
Bonnie Bergeron
Penny Bessman
William Briggs
Courtney Casteel (Outreach Sponsor)
Deck & Baron Attorneys at Law
Country Supply, Inc.
Craig DeAmbrose
Alice Decker
Carol & Carl Desch
Gene & Sandy Donley
Jennie Donley
May Donley
Elisabeth Dunbar (Outreach Sponsor)
Douglas & Laura Golowski (Outreach Sponsor)
Joyce & Terry Goodwin
Mr. & Mrs. David Haebich
Jaqueline Hamann
Dr. Phil & Laura Hays
Larry & Mardene Hinton
HomeStar Bank
Jeff Jarvis, Architect
JH2B Architects, Inc.-Doug Bright
Adam & Robin Jackson

Jane C. Johnson
Glory Ann Klasey
Joan Knicklebine
Jim Laukes
Brenda Leiser
Burma Mathews
Nancy Ozee
Reel Stories Productions
Ronald & Roberta Renville
Restoration Works, Inc.
Gerry Salzburg
Steve & Lisa Salzburg
Sharon Schiller
Anita Schluter Wilson
Keith & Valerie Schweitzer
Karen Scrementi
Janice Simms
Greg & Wendy Skarstad (Outreach Sponsor)
Janice Strasma
Jim Sweeney
Herbert & Suzanne Thompson
Timothy Totten
Bob & Thelma Webber
Chasity Wells-Armstrong (Outreach Sponsor)