Henry Wallis Summer Cottage, Scheme 2


Henry Wallis Summer Cottage

Date: 1900
Address: 3407 South Shore Drive, Lake Delavan WI
City: Lake Delavan, Delavan, Wisconsin              
Accessibility: Private
Category: Residential

Wright conceived of two designs for a summer cottage for Henry Wallis, a resident of Oak Park who commissioned and sold a number of houses on the banks of Lake Delavan, Wisconsin. Wright’s first proposal for the property was square in plan and diminutive in scale, while the second was more expansive in design. The rooms in the first scheme were tightly compartmentalized. Those in the second flowed elegantly together. The living room, which spanned the lakefront façade, was surrounded on two sides by a porch and veranda. In a gesture reminiscent of his earlier Romeo and Juliet tower, Wright designed an angular stairwell tower that projected sharply from beside the main entrance. Although Wright’s second plan was realized, Wallis sold the property immediately after its completion. The subsequent owner drastically modified the home.

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