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Ward Willits House

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Chicago, United States.

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The first of the ‘great prairie houses’, this is Frank Lloyd Wright’s realisation of his much sought-after ‘indigenous’ architecture he felt was needed to replace the trend of neoclassical and European influence. The street-side façade is symmetric, the plan comprising a cruciform with 4 wings. Art-glass windows and wooden screens divide the rooms inside, with most of the furniture designed by Wright. The shallow, overhanging roof is what Wright deemed most appropriate and indigenous to the climate and seasonal changes. The definition of style is seen when approaching the ‘front’ door, covered round the side, and the strange natural of a building defined by 45° angles.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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