Monday, September 1, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright Walking Tour of Homes in Oak Park, Illinois (Part Two)

I'm back again after another interruption--this time a car accident a month ago in
which I injured my wrist and hand. It is my dominant hand (left) which is in a
removable splint, so I have been coping the best I can.

Here are some long promised pictures of Frank Lloyd Wright homes built in
Oak Park, Illinois (my home town) between 1903 and 1913. They depict his
prairie-style of architecture which inspired the modern European architects of the
1920s. I had no idea what "praire-style" meant, so I decided to do a little research
on it. The elements include a large central fireplace and chimney, a low-pitched
roof,  over-hanging eaves, horizontal lines, and open floor plan.

 Frank S. Thomas House (1901) first Praire style built here

Art critics call Wright's stained glass "leaded glass"--
while he referred to them as "light screens."
He created over 4000 pieces of doors and windows
for 150 of his homes, often as panels to divide rooms. 

   Clerestory windows were often used--a band of narrow
windows along the very top, usually rising above the
adjoining roof. 

Moore-Dugal House originally built Tudor style in 1895
Wright returned to the area to reconstruct home after an
 extensive fire on Christmas Day, 1922.

Harry S. Adams House (1913) last built here

 This bust is in the Austin Gardens on the edge of
the walking tour.

If you are a book lover, I highly recommend
Loving Frank, by Nancy Koran.

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