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Coonley House

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Chicago, United States.

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An estate of several buildings on the Des Planes River, Frank Lloyd Wright put his best into this design, as the wealthy Coolneys had no budget and told of how they saw ‘the countenances of principle’ in his works, which flattered him greatly. This is the first example of Wright buildings using a zoned plan, with raised living quarters in his ‘prairie house’ style, and a pavilion linking saces together. Stucco marked the lower interior, rising to ceramic tile banding and geometric patterns. A playhouse was built for the young daughter of the family, and there is also a large reflecting pool.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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