Francis J. Woolley House (1893)
1030 Superior Street

View looking north from Superior Avenue
This house, built for attorney Francis Woolley in 1893, is typical of Wright's early designs of low-cost residences. Its high pitched hip roof, polyginal and rectangular dormers, polygonal bay windows and foundation walls of rough stones laid in irregular courses are reminiscent of the picturesque manner of Wright's first teacher, Joseph Silsbee.
Originally, the house was surfaced with narrow clapboards, some of which are still exposed on either side of the front steps.

One block directly north of this house are Wright's "Bootleg Houses" from the preceding year, which show strong similarities in composition to this house.

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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