Henry J. Allen Residence
1918 - Wichita, Kansas
This past weekend, the Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University organized a lecture/visit by Eric Lloyd Wright, California architect and grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright. Eric Wright described his eight year apprenticeship with his grandfather at Taliesin and presented lesser known works by his father - Lloyd Wright's, built mostly in the Los Angeles area. Eric Wright showed the audience his own built projects in the Malibu region. The lecture highlighted the 20 year anniversary of the creation of Allen-Lambe House Museum Foundation responsible for upkeep and preservation of the 1918 Frank Lloyd Wright designed residence on N. Roosevelt Street in Wichita.
The Allen-Lambe House is considered the last of the Prairie Style houses by FLW. After this project he began his transition to textile concrete block designs in southern California, the Imperial Hotel project in Japan, and by the mid-1930's, masterpieces such as Fallingwater and the Johnson Wax Headquarters building. Consider reading this Washington Post review of a 2006 exhibit at Exploration Place in Wichita (designed by Moshe Safdie) for accurate description of the house, its interior, and the fine details like flush brick head joints (vertical) that associate its character with other Prairie Style houses by FLW.
(photo of FLW rendering from Allen-Lambe House Foundation)
Urn planters at North face of property.