S.044 – Rollin Furbeck
Residence, 515 Fair Oaks Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois
S.044A – 1907 remodeling
In 1897 Wright was practicing a
combined form of architecture, with traditional styles dominating
predominantly vertical structures.
Nonetheless, in a few designs his unique vision is starting to emerge,
and this one great example. The
geometric shapes and upper-floor columns remind me in some ways of the design
elements he incorporated into his own studio.
Even the octagonal shape of the room jutting onto the porch is
reminiscent of both his home and his studio.
If you were to remove the porch and front extension of the house,
though, you would have a rather symmetrical layout. Note as well the inclusion of a later
Wright trademark: you can’t see the darn door! Compare this to S.043, for brother George Furbeck, which also presents a symmetrical layout
(employing circles) but lacks the emerging characteristics of the Prairie
Photographed on September 1,
Project number: T.9801