Eugene Gilmore House

Frank Lloyd Wright
1908




This residence, built originally for University of Wisconsin law professor Eugene Gilmore, was designed at about the same time as Wright's more famous Prairie style house in Chicago--the Robie House. Like the Robie House, it has a kind of "prow," which led to its being called the "Airplane House." Like the classic Prairie style house, it has a sense of horizontality, emphasized by a low hipped roof and wide sweeping eaves, it features rows of leaded casement windows on both floors, and it has a cantilevered porch roof. Gilmore had purchased the hill top lot before engaging Wright's services; today the views are obscured by trees and additional houses.
 

The entrance

The house was added on to in the 1930's. The addition included a new entrance; instead of the ground level basement entrance, external stairs now lead to an entryway off the living room. The living quarters are above street level--both for privacy and for the view.
 

The prow

 

View from the side--the "Airplane House"



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