T. E. Wilder Stable Building

Date: 1901
City: Elmhurst, Illinois
Category: Utilitarian
Accessibility: Private
Restoration status: Demolished

Very little documentation of the Wilder Stable survives. Original drawings indicate that, on its first floor, the building featured a chicken coop, stables for horses and cows, tool storage, and a garage for carriages. The second floor served as a two-bedroom apartment. It has been suggested that Walter Burley Griffin, an architect and landscape designer who played an important role in Wright’s Oak Park Studio, designed the T. E. Wilder Stables. The structure’s gabled roofs, which appeared at a time when Wright was employing increasingly low, hipped roofs, were characteristic of Griffin. Likewise, the simple wood mullions that delineated the ribbon windows under the stable’s soffit may indicate that Griffin had some hand in the design.

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