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Armchair from the Dining Room of the Ward W. Willits House, Highland Park, IL

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Armchair from the Dining Room of the Ward W. Willits House, Highland Park, IL

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959), designer
John W. Ayers (American, 1850-1914), maker

Date

1902

Medium

Oak

Accession #

1981.1000.49

Dimensions

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Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 303

Description

Frank Lloyd Wright was central in the development of the Prairie School style of architecture, which echoed the Midwest’s flat landscapes through long, low-spreading homes that typically had open floorplans and minimal, Japanese-inspired trim work. Originally designed for the dining room of the Ward W. Willits House in Highland Park, Illinois—considered one of Wright’s early Prairie School masterpieces—this armchair’s simple, squared elements and oak construction correspond to the room’s architecture.

Credit

Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection