|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.|