W. Irving Clark Residence (1893)

La Grange, Illinois
HW #142

At a glimpse, the front façade of the house resembles the side profile of the Emmond house, with its triangular façade flush with large windows. However, it is completely symmetrical and views are pulled toward the entrance with the brick planters on both sides, encasing the staircase. All of the rectangular windows are pulled out of the flat façade, slanting back on its sides. The arched doorway, in turn, seems to be set further back from the rest of the elements, and with its wood finish, unique compared to the rest, further entrances viewers toward the door. This kind of open treatment to the entrance can probably be only seen in his earlier works, since he went on to make discreet entrances in his later prairie style and Usonians to permit privacy for homeowners.

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