Address: 1027 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, IL
City: Oak Park, Illinois
The Thomas Gale house closely resembles both the Robert Emmond and Robert Parker houses, all among the “bootleg” designs Wright produced independently while working for Adler and Sullivan. The high-pitched roof, octagonal dormers and bay, form a complexity of shapes that is evocative of the Queen Anne style, an architectural mode popularized by British architect Richard Norman Shaw. Despite its somewhat conventional form, the Gale House lacks the decorative flourishes that typified the Queen Anne style. It thus speaks to Wright’s interest in creating sophisticated designs using elemental forms.