Nathan G. Moore House (1895, 1923)
333 Forest Avenue

View of south side from Forest Avenue
No visitor can see this house without stopping to marvel. It is one of the best examples of Wright's style in the years 1894-96 period.

N.B.: Tours of the inside of this exceptional house have been suspended do to a serious illness in the Dugal family.

In 1895, Wright's friend and neighbor, Nathan Moore, came to him with the commision for an expensive residence to be designed in the English Tudor style. With the depression at hand, a growing family, and just starting out on his own, Wright agreed, and delivered. The design featured high gables, half-timbering in the upper story, complex medieval chimneys, and diamond-pane casement windows.

Unfortunately, the house caught fire on Christmas Day, 1922. Moore retained Wright to design plans for its reconstruction - in spite of the rumor that the cost of the house nearly bankrupted Moore!
Southwest View Along Erie Street

Wright's new design retained the brick walls, but above them he erected roofs that were even taller and more acutely pointed than those of the original house! Hidden behind the outward Gothic appearance of the house are elements of the exotic expressionistic style of Wright's Japanese and California years.

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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