|Posted by George Pudlo on December 22, 2011 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
F B Henderson House, 1901
301 S Kenilworth
Elmhurst, IL 60126
The Henderson House in Elmhurst is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s earliest, fully mature Prairie houses. Built in 1901, the Henderson House appeared on the landscape of the Chicago suburbs in the same year as the Ward Willits House of Highland Park, and the Frank Thomas House in Oak Park. The Henderson House blends elements of these. The front façade of the house appears similar in form to the Thomas House, though the entrance is on the side of the house, rather than in the front. The house is faced in a cream colored stucco with horizontal, wooden trim. The neutral color and texture allow for a more forward expression of the simplified, geometric shapes of the house’s massing. Screens of art glass windows allow for a decorative element, while allowing light and nature into the home.
Long, flat, and horizontal, the Henderson House would precede dozens of Prairie houses in the Chicago suburbs, though the only Wright design executed in Elmhurst.