Chicago Landmarks

Walser House

Side Elevation, <I>House Beautiful<I/>, Sept. 1905     Address: 42 N. Central Ave.
Year Built: 1903
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: March 30, 1984

Exterior, photo by Bob Thall Built four years after the suburb of Austin was annexed to Chicago, this is among the best of Wright's design experiments with inexpensive residences. Within a narrow lot, the house has all the features of his mature Prairie style: a horizontal emphasis resulting from deep roof eaves and bands of windows, a straightforward use of simple materials, and a spacious but efficient open interior plan. It was built for Joseph Jacob Walser, Jr., a printing executive.