▶ New Documentary Highlights Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Prairie Home

An independent filmmaker is putting together a new documentary about what some consider to be Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Prairie Style house.

“An American Home” focuses on the 1900 B. Harley Bradley house, one of Wright’s lesser-known homes, located at 701 South Harrison Avenue in downstate Kankakee.

Uncle Sam describes it this way:

One of wright’s earliest and [the] most complete example of total integration of interior furnishings, leaded art glass, and architecture style of the time.  The two Kankakee houses are thought to be the earliest examples of the Prairie School of Architecture.  Low pitched roof, widely overhanging eaves, and swept back gable peaks are characteristic of this style.  Horizontal emphasis is achieved with rows of windows joined by horizontal banding with contrasting wood trim between stories.  A broad flat chimney sits at the center of the structure and is used to organize the flowing floor plan.  Wright achieved a total unity with specially designed furniture, rugs, and china.  The leaded glass is a tulip pattern and has been described by David Hanks as “the most complex and virtuoso of Wright’s early windows.”  

Right now, the project is still in the funding phase, so if you’re interested in giving it a little boost, hit the Kickstarter link below.

Location: 701 South Harrison Avenue, Kankakee


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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