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A W Gridley House, Frank Lloyd Wright 1906

Posted by George Pudlo on January 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)




A W Gridley House

605 N Batavia Road

Batavia, IL 60510


Set atop a small, rolling hill in Batavia, Illinois is the Frank Lloyd Wright designed A W Gridley House of 1906. Wright worked on three house projects all within a mile of one another between 1906 and 1907, in the far western suburbs of Chicago, in the towns of Batavia and Geneva. Though the three commissions are all independent of one another, the George Fabyan Villa and A W Gridley House commissions came as a result of P D Hoyt's introduction of Wright to Fabyan and Gridley. Wright built Hoyt's house in Geneva first, which then led to the A W Gridley commission. 


The plaque in front of the Mrs. A W Gridley House reads:


Built in 1906, the Mrs. A. W. Gridley House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who named it "Ravine House," because of the gently sloping wildflower ravine on the south side of the original 15-acre site. With a low-pitch hip roof, projecting eaves, uninterrupted cedar trim and casement windows grouped into horizontal bands, the 14-room stucco and wood house is an excellent example of Wright's Prairie Style architecture. Wright's plan included a stucco wall surrounding the front wing which has been removed and a barn that was never built.


In 1912, the house was sold to Frank Snow, president of Batavia's Challenge Feed Mill and Wind Mill Company. Members of the family lived in the house, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, until 1981. All restoration work, including a small kitchen addition, was carefully designed to retain the original integrity of the landmark house.


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