Chicago Landmarks

Waller Apartments

Corner Unit, 1996, photo by Bob Thall     Address: 2840-58 W. Walnut St.
Year Built: 1895
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: March 2, 1994

Entrance Detail, 1996, photo by Bob Thall Commissioned by prominent real estate developer Edward Carson Waller to meet the demand for affordable housing, these apartments are considered among the earliest examples of subsidized housing in Chicago. The simplified design of the facade indicates the departure of the young architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, from traditional design toward the more-abstract, modern principles for which he was later internationally known.