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Oscar Johnson House -American System Built Home, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1917

Posted by George Pudlo on December 23, 2010 at 9:20 PM



Oscar Johnson House -American System Built Home, 1917

2614 Lincolnwood Dr, Evanston IL


The Oscar Johnson House is one of the American System Built Homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Richards construction company of Milwaukee. It is one of four realized Two-Story models, with two of the others located in Chicago, Illinois, and the final located in Monona, Iowa. The Oscar Johnson House in Evanston, though one of the American System-Built Homes,  is clearly derived from the model for "A Fireproof House for $5,000" designed by Wright in 1907 with its conceptualization of a two-story home containing a square plan. Faced with stucco and banded windows, the Johnson House demonstrates many of the ideas put forth in Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style, however, of particular difference is the relatively small, square chimney opposing his regular use of wide chimneys.

Categories: Frank Lloyd Wright North Shore (IL), American System Built Homes, Prairie Houses

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Reply Stuart
4:12 AM on February 26, 2011 
The "wide chimney" seen on other ASB homes (and missing on this home) is, in fact, a facade that was removed at some point. Under the "Belvedere," as it's referred to on the original model N200 drawings for the Oscar Johnson House, is the narrow brick chimney seen in the photo above. Although some of the N200 drawings differ in this regard, I believe the width of the original belvedere matches the width of the second story widows at the front of the house (as seen, for example, on the Guy Smith House).

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