George Smith House

Date: 1898
Address: 404 Home Ave., Oak Park, IL
City: Oak Park, Illinois
Category: Residential
Accessibility: Private

The plan for the George Smith House closely resembles those developed for Charles Roberts as low-cost housing in Ridgeland, Illinois. The simple shingle siding in a muted brown palette; the steeply pitched roof; and thin, towering chimneys evoke Wright’s earlier “bootleg” houses. The roofs flare slightly as they project over the supporting walls of the structure—a device echoed in the flared band of siding that extends out from the lower portion of the exterior. The diamond-paned glass in the upper registers of the double-hung sash windows subtly echoes the pattern of the shingle siding of the façade.

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