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Paul Harding FAIA
Owner and Restoration Architect for FLW's 1901 E. Arthur Davenport House, the first Prairie School House in Chicago and its suburbs
Why would the Davenport house be considered the first Prairie School House in Chicago and its suburbs? Isn't there a few Wright houses that pre-date the Davenport house (Willits, Henderson or Thomas) that are considered Prairie School? I would love to hear what the rationale is behind this statement.
Fair question. It is my understanding that Willits, Henderson, and Thomas Houses all followed the Davenport House. The Ward Willets plan and construction technology builds upon the Davenport House. The Bradley and Warren Hickox Houses are in Kankakee which is not a suburb of Chicago.allwrightythen1 wrote:Why would the Davenport house be considered the first Prairie School House in Chicago and its suburbs? Isn't there a few Wright houses that pre-date the Davenport house (Willits, Henderson or Thomas) that are considered Prairie School? I would love to hear what the rationale is behind this statement.
For the sake of accuracy what I am going to do is to ask a friend in Phoenix to visit the Taleisin archives and look up the dates on the drawings for the Henderson and Thomas Houses. It is likely that I will need to research the building permits for Henderson and Thomas to see when they were actually built. The Davenport dated drawings carry the date of January 1901. Drawings for the first iteration of the Davenport House are undated. The Davenport close-out documents are dated early November 1901. In the meantime I will change the signature to One of the Earliest Prairie School Houses.
E. Arthur Davenport House: January 1901.
Frank Thomas House: September 14, 1901.
Henderson House: November 1901.
Ward Willets House: June 1902.
"The Small House with Lots of Room in It" was published in the Ladies Home Journal in July 1901. A good question is whether this preceded the Davenport design or was Davenport design the precedent for it. If anyone has any information please contact me or share it with us.
I reverted back to my previous signature which was accurate after all.
Fair question. Please track down Architecture of the Gods Book II by Michael Crosbie. In there you will find three of our award winning projects. The work of our firm has received 35 design excellence awards, including 11 from the American Institute of Architects. After being nominated by AIA Chicago, in 2004 I was one of 81 architects from across the US to be named Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Of this select group I was one of approximately 20 to be so honored in the design category. I was commended for "advancement of the profession of architecture". I received my Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Pennsylvania where I received a Fellowship for Travel and Study in Europe. Prior to starting my own firm in 1985 I was a Senior Architect at Murphy/Jahn and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. Currently I am Chair of the National Advisory Group for the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture with a constituency of 5,000 architects, liturgical consultants, and clergy.karnut wrote:I would love to see some of Mr. Harding's designs, then I would know if he had anything to offer besides talk.
With our restoration of the Davenport House, we have done some remarkable restoration work that contributes to a better understanding of the design and technology of the early Prairie Houses by Frank Lloyd Wright.
I hesitated to post this, but you asked.
pharding wrote:karnut wrote:I hesitated to post this, but you asked.
You are too gracious, and it's unfortunate you felt the need to legitimize what anyone who has read your posts would assume regarding your intentions, experience and credentials.
Very impressive, and the rude comment enabled me to learn more about you. Perhaps "karnut" should stick with NASCAR.