#102. Eugene Van Tamelen House (1956)

Madison, Wisconsin
The Tamelen Residence is one of Wright’s Prefab #1 houses, characteristic of being constructed with a masonry core and exterior panel siding of Masonite board on 2 by 4 inch studs, decorated with horizontal battens on 16 inch centers enveloping the 4 by 8 foot mahogany plywood. He separates the living room from the kitchen with an entry or lobby, creating a part of the home he called “quiet space”. Although we could not get into this house, the plan of this house is identical to the Duncan Residence we saw in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, which is also a Prefab #1 design. The same brown tone is used for both brick and wood batten, and the house sits quietly in the greenery.