Harry C. Goodrich House (1895)
534 North East Avenue

This house, built for inventor Harry Goodrich in 1896, apparently is based on designs for a group of low cost houses Wright designed but did not build in 1895 for his early patron Charles Roberts in 1895.

View looking east from East Avenue
Though the house is built on a basement partly above grade, Wright sought in his design to disguise that fact by carrying the narrow clapboards down to a sloping wooden base course at grade level. In the wall elevations, there is also a suggestion of his later more mature designs: the base course, the wall carried to a stringcourse under the windows of the second floor, and the horizontal band linking those windows with the overhanging roof.
Even in the high roof of double pitch there is a hint of Wright's later ubiquitous hip roofs. If the lower part of that roof is projected up to where its sites would intersect, the result is a hip roof of low pitch.

This house was recently on the market - though you can longer buy it, you can take a take a photo tour of its interior.

The above commentary was excerpted from Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright & Prarire School Architecture in Oak Park by Paul E. Sprague (published 1986). The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust Book Catalog offers a selection of guidebooks which can be ordered online.

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