710 Augusta St Oak Park, Illinois USA

Harry S. Adams House

Construction date: documented 1913*

Architect:

Frank Lloyd Wright

Builder:

Guy & McClintock

Style:

Rectangular, Prairie School

Historical Summary:

The Harry S. Adams House is an excellent example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s mature Prairie style of architecture, and stands as the culmination of his 22-building opus in Oak Park. The structure is also significant as one of Wright’s last Prairie style designs. When it was built in 1913, Wright had already moved into one of the many transitional phases of his career and had lost interest in the Prairie style. At that time, Wright was also working on the richly expressionistic Midway Gardens in Chicago and moving toward his Japanese and California periods. The Harry Adams House has retained excellent integrity, and is virtually unchanged from its original appearance. It was designated an Oak Park Historic Landmark on January 7, 2002.

Significant Owner(s):

Harry S. Adams

 

Status of Historic Designation:

Designated at National level : Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School 1973/2009
Designated at Local level : Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School 1972/2012

Rating or Rank:

Contributing

Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Individually eligible
Potentially eligible as a contributing resource

Architectural Description:

This is a 2-story single-family residence in the Prairie School style built in 1913. The structural system is masonry. The foundation is poured concrete. Exterior walls are original brick. The building has a hip roof clad in replacement asphalt shingles. There is one rear, exterior, brick chimney. Windows are original wood, 1-light casements. Insulated glass planes installed within original frames on first floor in 2009. There are 20 art glass windows on the second floor. There is a single-story, full-span veranda.

* Date source: Village of Oak Park building permit archives.

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