Ferdinand Frederick and Emily Tomek Residence (1904)

Riverside, Illinois
HW #136

The Tomek house is precedes the Robie House by 2 years and bears similar characteristics. The balcony is almost identical, but the Tomek house has a semicircular wall instead of a square one in the later Robie. (refer to #76) The simple change in geometry give the balcony a vastly different atmosphere. The balcony of the Tomek house felt much more enclosed due to the circular shape and the enclosure of surroundings shrubs. The angular enclosure of the square balcony at the Robie house orients the viewers to look outwards, and lends itself more to the public eye.