Francisco Terrace arch - Oak Park, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 41° 53.311 W 087° 47.468
16T E 434366 N 4637701
Quick Description: A dramatic ornamental arch framed the original building’s entrance. It was salvaged when the building was demolished in 1974, and subsequently reinstalled in an apartment complex in Oak Park.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 7/7/2017 6:43:03 AM
Waymark Code: WMW3XD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 10

Long Description:
From (visit link)
"Date: 1895
Original Address: 253 North Francisco Street, Chicago, IL
Current Address: 645 Lake St., Oak Park, IL
Category: Residential, multi-family apartment complex
Restoration Status: Demolished 1974. In 1977, the original entrance arch was reinstalled in apartment complex on Lake Street at Euclid Place in Oak Park.

Francisco Terrace was among several Wright designs commissioned by Edward C. Waller, a wealthy real estate speculator and close friend of William Winslow, another of Wright’s early patrons. Located on Chicago’s near West Side, the two-story structure served as low-income housing. Its apartments were compact but shared a capacious central courtyard. Stair towers at each corner of the building provided access to its second story and, from this level, a wooden balcony afforded views onto the natural enclosure at the building’s center. For the most part, the building comprised two-bedroom apartments with a sitting room, kitchen, and bathroom to each unit. A dramatic ornamental arch framed the building’s entrance. It was salvaged when the building was demolished in 1974, and subsequently reinstalled in an apartment complex in Oak Park."

From (visit link)
"All that remains of the original Francisco Terrace Apartments designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (demolished 1974) is this archway.

Realtor John Baird, Attorney and historian Devereux Bowly, and Architect Ben Weese salvaged the terra-cotta arch, cornice & decorative panels. Adapting Wrights's plan, Weese created a courtyard complex of seventeen town houses, and reused the salvaged parts."
Year Completed: 1895, 1977

Commissioned By: Edward C. Waller

Nearest City or Town: Oak Park, IL

Public/Private: Private

Tours Available?: no

Website: [Web Link]

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