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Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture: The William and Jessie Adams House


In 1867, Frank Lincoln Wright was born to William Carey Wright and Anna Lloyd Jones Wright in Richland Center, Wisconsin. As Wright grew older, he would change his middle name to Lloyd and go on to become one of America’s most influential and important architects produced to date. By the time of his death at age 91, he would develop an architectural style that would rock the world of architecture and somehow manage to stay modern throughout several decades. The William and Mrs. Jessie M. Adams home in Chicago, Illinois; is a great example of how he would influence a significant change in American architecture.


Early Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture: The William and Mrs. M. Jessie Adams House in Chicago, Illinois

When walking up to the home, it is extremely easy to see the beginning of the foursquare style of house architecture; which is clearly evident in the William and Jessie M. Adams house. The facade of this particular home features brick on the first floor with a large porch. Meanwhile, the second floor exterior of the home is comprised of wooden building materials.

Though the foursquare was not “officially” invented by Frank Lloyd Wright, it is very clear to historians that he played a significant role in it’s development; as it is often also referred to as the Prairie Box home. Though the official architect of the foursquare is unknown, some historians credit the home to Frank Lloyd Wright. Foursquare homes would go onto become a favorite for mall city lots due to their inexpensive nature and their availability as a mail-order house.

The low pitched roof of the Adams house features rectangular dormers and Wright’s overhanging eaves, which are increasingly becoming a standard feature in his designs. The windows are double-hung, which are unusual as Frank Lloyd Wright made it very clear that he despised that style of window, comparing them to guillotines.

The William and Mrs. Jessie M. Adams House Today

In 1993, the owners of that time restored the Adams house and in the following year of 1994 on June 16th, the home was declared to be a Chicago Landmark.

It should be noted that the William and Mrs. Jessie M. Adams house is a private residence and has remained such throughout the years. Since the home is such, it is important that any potential visitors respect the privacy of current and future owners and avoid trespassing at all costs.