404 Home Ave Oak Park, Illinois USA

George W. Smith House

Construction date: documented 1898*


Frank Lloyd Wright


Shingle, Prairie School

Historical Summary:

Steeply pitched, double-sloped roofs and shingle siding suggest this house may have been adapted from a group of afforable houses Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1895 for Charles Roberts. The original project was never executed.

The structure seems out of context with others Wright designed in the late 1890s, especially in the use of double-hung windows with diamond-shaped leaded glass rather than casement windows with geometric art glass patterns. The broad, overhanging eaves, hidden entrance, and board-and-batten exterior are more consistent with contemporary structures by Wright.

George Smith was a buyer for Marshall Feilds. In 1894 he lived in a Queen Anne style house at 218 S Grove (Ridgeland Revealed, p26).

Significant Owner(s):

George W. Smith


Status of Historic Designation:

Designated at National level
Designated at Local level : Ridgeland/Oak Park HIstoric District, 1994

Rating or Rank:


Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Individually eligible
Potentially eligible as a contributing resource

Architectural Description:

This is a 2.5-story single-family residence in the Shingle style with Prairie School influences built in 1898. The structural system is frame. The foundation is stone. Exterior walls are original wood shingles. The building has a hip roof clad in replacement asphalt shingles with flared eaves and three hip-roofed dormers. There is one side right, exterior, brick chimney and one side right, rear slope, brick chimney. Windows are original wood, Diamond pane/1 double-hung sashes. There is a single-story, single-bay enclosed porch characterized by a hip roof clad in asphalt shingles. Side entry to front porch.

* Date source: Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Description generated by RuskinARC.