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S.A. Foster House, Chicago, Illinois, Frank Lloyd Wright architect

S.A. Foster House

12147 S. Harvard Avenue built 1900

Located in the West Pullman neighborhood the Foster House was built for a Chicago attorney who wanted a country home where he could ride horses. In 1900 the area around Stewart Ridge was woods and open prairie. Wright designed this shingle cottage and stable with Japanese influnces. It should be noted that this house was built years before Wright made his first trip to Japan. At the Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893 there was a display of Japanese architecture and arts. Wright had studied the replica Japanese temple that was part of the fair,and had started collecting Japanese prints. Japanese influences can also be seen in the Bradley and Hickox houses that were built in the same year.

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