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F.B. Henderson Residence, Elmhurst, IL (1901) (S.057)
Exterior Images November 2008.

On a recent trip from Chicago to Seattle, my daughter gave me a few short minutes to stop and see the Henderson Residence again.  There are many classic Prairie styled details. The basic materials are wood, stucco and brick. Strong horizontal lines, low-pitched roof, broad overhanging eaves, horizontal rows of leaded glass windows

  and doors, the prominent centrally located fireplace and chimney, open first floor plan, a terrace and covered porch, anchoring the home by placing it on an enlarged concrete base. There are over 80 art glass windows, elegant woodwork, three brick fireplaces, and many original built-ins.
 
1: Viewed from the Northeast. The Dining Room is on the left, the Kitchen in the center and the Covered Porch is on the right. Strong horizontal lines, low-pitched roof and broad overhanging eaves.
 
2: Viewed from the Northeast. The Dining Room is on the left, the Kitchen in the center and the Covered Porch is on the right (North end of the House). The hidden service entrance is just to the left of the Covered Porch, and accessed behind the column and wooden screen.
 
3: Viewed from the Northeast. The Dining Room is on the left, the Kitchen is to the right.
 
4: Viewed from the North. The Kitchen is on the left, the hidden service entrance is in the center. Access is behind the column and wooden screen. In Wright's earlier drawings, flower pots sat top the two columns of the entrance. This column is at the same height and would stand to reason that Wright may have intended to have a matching flower pot atop this column as well.
 
5: Viewed from the North. Detail of the Kitchen window, north side. There are over 80 art glass windows.
 
6: Viewed from the North. The Kitchen is on the left, the entrance and Covered Porch is in the foreground and the Library is on the right. At the top of the stairs, the entrance is on the left. Once inside the Vestibule, you move back to the right to enter the window lined Hallway.
 
7: Viewed from the North. Detail of the entrance and Covered Porch. At the top of the stairs, the Entrance is on the left. Once inside the Vestibule, you move back to the right to enter the window lined Hallway.
 
8: Viewed from the North. Detail of the entrance and Covered Porch. At the top of the stairs, the Entrance is on the left. Once inside the Vestibule, you move back to the right to enter the window lined Hallway. In Wright's earlier drawings, flower pots sat top the two columns of the Entrance.
 
9: Viewed from the North. Detail of the Entrance.
 
10: Viewed from the Northwest. The Entrance and Covered Porch is on the left, the window lined Hallway is in the center, and the Library is on the right.
 
11: Viewed from the Northwest. Detail of the Entrance and Covered Porch on the left, the window lined Hallway in the center, and the Library on the right.
 
12: Viewed from the Northwest. Detail of the window lined Hallway.
 
13: Viewed from the West. The window lined Hallway is on the left, the Library is in the center and the back Terrace on the right.  The Terrace is accessible by stairway on the East and West side.
 
14: Viewed from the West. The Entrance and Covered Porch is on the left, the window lined Hallway is in the center and the Library is on the right.
 
15: Viewed from the Southwest. Detail of the Entrance and Covered Porch on the left, the window lined Hallway in the center and the Library on the right. Wright's broad overhanging eaves are evident.
 
16: Viewed from the Southwest. Detail of the Entrance and Covered Porch on the left and the window lined Hallway on the right. Wright's broad overhanging eaves are evident.
 
17: Viewed from the Southwest. Detail of the Entrance and Covered Porch on the left, the window lined Hallway in the center and the Library on the right. Wright's broad overhanging eaves are evident.
 
18: Viewed from the West. Detail of the Library window casements and trim.
 
19: Viewed from the West. Detail of the Library windows, casements and trim.
 
20: Viewed from the West. The window lined Hallway is on the left, the Library is in the center and the back Terrace on the right.  The Terrace is accessible by stairway on the East and West side.
 
21: Viewed from the Southwest. The Entrance and Covered Porch on the left leads to the window lined Hallway, the Library is in the center and the back Terrace on the right.  The Terrace is accessible by stairway on the East and West side.
 
22: The home is anchored to the ground by placing it on an enlarged concrete base.
 
Text and images by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2008

 

 
 
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