The Haynes house was built in Fort Wayne, Indiana for an insurance executive who asked for asked for a “modest and functional house”. In the early fifties Wright was building big but thinking small, trying to develop houses that he thought would "describe the particular New World character of the American landscape as distinct and free of previous architectural conventions." They were often built of less expensive materials as Wright tried to design affordable houses for middle class Usonians, which Wright thought a better word than Americans, shared with Canadians and Mexicans. He wrote:
But why this term "America" has become representative as the name of these United States at home and abroad is past recall. Samuel Butler fitted us with a good name. He called us Usonians, and our Nation of combined States, Usonia.