Ward W. Willits House (1901), Highland Park, Illinois

Willits HouseThe Willits House is the first house in true Prairie style and marks the full development of Wright’s wood frame and stucco system of construction. Wright used a cruciform plan with the interior space flowing around a central chimney core and extending outward onto covered verandas and open terraces.
Willits House, PlanGround floor plan with entrance-stair hall, living room, dining room and kitchen rotating around the central fireplace.
Willits House, Drawing

Perspective drawing of Willits House, 1901. Copyright © the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

References: Frank Lloyd Wright by Robert McCarter, ©1997 Phaidon Press Limited; The Pelican History of Art/Architecture: 19th & 20th Centuries by Henry-Russell Hitchcock, ©1978 Penguin Books


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