Posted by George Pudlo on December 17, 2010 at 12:45 AM
Warren McArthur House, 1892
4852 S Kenwood, Chicago IL
The George Blossom House’s next door neighbor, the Warren McArthur House, similarly blends historic similes with common characteristics of Wright’s early work. Described primarily as Dutch Colonial, the Warren McArthur House has a gambrel roof that lends it a barn like appearance. The house is situated sideways on the lot, with the main entrance and wider massing of the home facing the George Blossom House next door. Arches in the porch facing the street point to the influence of Louis Sullivan, as does the arched window in the attic. Dormer windows point backward to the Queen Anne Style, while its detailed corner windows, concrete stylobate, and stucco surface point forward. The rear of the house is conducted in the Shingle Style, as seen in Frank Lloyd Wright’s own Home & Studio in Oak Park, and influenced by his first employer, Joseph Silsbee. Both the George Blossom and Warren McArthur Houses make use of Roman brick, Wright’s preferred brick. Wright and McArthur were friends.