Parkwyn Village [†] is a neighborhood that was founded in the 1940s by a group of young scientists, employed at the Upjohn Company, who had a vision for a "congenial housing community." They purchased a 47-acre tract of land in 1946 at the west end of Winchell Avenue, overlooking Lorenz Lake (now known as Asylum Lake), for $18,000. The land was originally considered to be beyond the Kalamazoo city limits. By the fall of that year, they prevailed upon world‑famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, to layout the community and design affordable houses they could build themselves.
† Parkwyn Village History, www.parkwynvillage.com, accessed July, 2022.
Only four Wright designs were built. These are:
Lorraine Avenie • Parkwyn Drive • Taliesin Drive • Winchell Avenue