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Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture: The H. Wallis Cottage; 1900


Frank Lloyd Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright, was born in 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin. It should come as no surprise that he would build several homes in his home state during the early portion of his career. One of the homes, known as the H. Wallis summer home (or as the Wallis-Goodsmith cottage,) is one of five homes that was built on Lake Delavan in Wisconsin. There exists two dates for this home, as the boathouse was the original structure on the property and was constructed in 1897, while the actual cottage itself was constructed and added to the property in 1900.


Early Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture: The H. Wallis Summer Home in Lake Delavan, Wisconsin

The Wallis-Goodsmith cottage is one of the first homes that Frank Lloyd Wright designed during the early portion of his career that was not for one of his own relatives, making it an important step in his career.

Originally, the property first consisted of the boathouse and the summer cottage was added 3 years later in 1900. According to William Allin Storrer, author of The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Complete Catalog; the home was commissioned and built by Henry Wallis and then, upon completion of the home, it was sold to Mr. Goodsmith.

On the interior of the home, the fireplace is located in a gallery rather than in the living room, as it appears in the majority of Wright’s other early designs. The home also features an entryway, five bedrooms, a bathroom, diving room, living room, kitchen, servant’s bedroom and a pantry. One side of the home features a terrance, while the other side of the home features a porch. However, when the home was sold, the terrance and the porch were both enclosed.

According to Mr. Storrer, the original exterior of the home was pine. Over the years, the pine has been replaced with cedar siding.

The Wallis-Goodsmith Cottage Today

Today, the H. Wallis summer home is still used as a private residence. Mr. Peter Beers stated that the home is located at the end of a long driveway and is completely hidden from view. Therefore, visitors would be unable to see the home from the road, but would be able to see the home from the lake. That being said, it would take an extreme amount of trespassing to view the home and visitors should avoid trespassing and disturbing the privacy of the current owners.