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William B Greene House, Frank Lloyd Wright 1912

Posted by George Pudlo on January 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM


William Greene House, front


William Greene House, rear


William B Greene House

1300 W Garfield Ave

Aurora, IL 60506


In addition to the P D Hoyt, A W Gridley, and Fabyan Villa constructions, the far western suburbs of Chicago saw one more house built by Frank Lloyd Wright half a decade later than the first three. In 1912, the town of Aurora, Illinois saw the construction of the William B Greene House. It was one of the first houses to be built in that particular neighborhood on Garfield Avenue. However, despite its arguably disorganized layout, Wright's  Greene House is more modern than any other in the nearby vicinity. The rest are charming tributes. 


The Greene House is larger today than when Wright originally designed it. There was a 1926 addition to the western side of the house, which according to Wright Historian Thomas Heinz, was supervised by Greene's college roommate Harry Robinson. Heinz also suggests the house's disarrayed layout indicates Robinson may have played a large role in the original design process and construction.


Over the years, Wright's Greene House has seen various alterations and additions. Today, the house has a Japanese trellis-like fence closing off the back yard. Early photographs of the house show that the enclosed, back porch originally had a flat slab roof, which has now been replaced with a low hip roof to match the roof of the home. 



Categories: Prairie Houses, Frank Lloyd Wright Aurora (IL)

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Reply Lyndi Woodruff
2:35 AM on May 21, 2012 
First, this is a BEAUTIFUL house! Does anyone know if William B. Greene was any (close) relation to either Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene or to William Batchelder Greene (April 4, 1819?May 30, 1878)?

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