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Stephen M B Hunt House, Frank Lloyd Wright 1907

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Stephen M B Hunt House

345 S Seventh Ave, La Grange, Illinois 60525

The Stephen M B Hunt House is one of four houses that Wright designed in the Chicago suburb of La Grange. It is by far the most easily recognizable as a work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 1907, it made its way into the neighborhood more than fifteen years after the others. The house was designed during Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie period, and thus maintains the common features of those houses. The Hunt House has a strong sense of geometry, playful relationship of positive and negative spaces, low hipped roof, broad central chimney, concrete water table, screens of geometric windows, stucco exterior, and overhanging roof eaves. It is a modern exaggeration of the Peter Goan House, also located in La Grange. 

Peter Goan House, Frank Lloyd Wright 1893

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Peter Goan House

108 S Eighth Avenue, La Grange, Illinois, 60525

The Peter Goan House, in La Grange, Illinois, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1893, the first year that Wright was on his own. The house is not Wright's most aesthetically exhilarating piece of architecture, but demonstrates some structural innovations as well as early Prairie characteristics. The massing of the house is square, with a medium hipped roof. This would have been an early use of the overhanging roof eaves that would dominate Wright's Prairie period. The house does contain an attic with dormers. This, along with the double hung windows and the board and batten wooden siding brought up to the second floor indicate the Peter Goan House was early in Wright's portfolio. 

Robert G Emmond House, Frank Lloyd Wright 1892

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Robert G Emmond House

109 S Eighth Ave, La Grange, Illinois 60525

The date of the Robert Emmond House, 1892, indicates that this is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's bootleg houses, being that it was not an Adler & Sullivan commission. The Emmond House is very similar to the Robert Parker and Thomas Gale houses of Oak Park, virtually identical in fact, though mirrored. Despite its Victorian massing, the house maintains a strong sense of geometry, with sharp lines and angles, giving it a modern edge. The beautiful ribbon of diamond paned art glass windows wrapped around the polygonal bay is a common feature of Wright's. Unlike the Gale and Parker Houses, the house has arched entryways, again reminiscent of Louis Sullivan. The side porch was a later addition. 

W Irving Clark House, Frank Lloyd Wright 1893

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W Irving Clark House

211 S La Grange Road, La Grange, Illinois 60525

The W Irving Clark House was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's first independent commissions after leaving (being fired from) the firm of Adler & Sullivan in 1893, and beginning in his own firm. The Clark House is similar to Frank Lloyd Wright's own home in Oak Park in terms of its cross gabled massing. The house has a strong sense of geometry, and the first feature one notices is the giant triangular gable taking up the majority of the houses front facade. The arched entrance is reminiscent of Louis Sullivan. Polygonal bays flank the entrance. There is a sense of symmetry in the house, despite its irregular, though frequent, bays. Unlike the shingled facade of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home, the Clark House is covered in horizontal, wooden clapboard siding. The house maintains a variety of features common to the fashionable homes of the day, as seen in the experimental and transitional works of Frank Lloyd Wright's early Chicago years.


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