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Delbert Meier House

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1915, Frank Lloyd Wright. 402 N. Page St.
  • Delbert Meier House (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

Wright entered the pre-fabricated-house industry through a series of designs that he produced for the Richards Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. These designs ranged from duplex units to two-story houses and single-floor cottages. The prefabrication system was composed of sandwiched panels that utilized the conventional system of stud construction. The system was actually only partially one of prefabrication, for exterior and interior walls were stuccoed and plastered on site. The units built in Milwaukee, and probably the Meier house as well, were assembled according to written instructions, but without the architect's on-site supervision.

The Meier house is a two-story version of the prefab scheme; essentially it is a variation on Wright's prairie box, which he had designed for the Ladies Home Journal in 1906. Underneath the cantilevered low-pitched hipped roof are groups of six casement windows which go around all four corners of the second floor. On the first floor, thin projecting slabs and bands of wood connect all of the headers and sills of the groups of casement windows. Other thin wooden banding occurs on the walls of the building, forming a rectangle on each facade, connecting the window sills of the second floor together, and acting as a horizontal line to separate the basement from the first floor. There is an open entrance porch at the front (extended in the late 1950s to form a carport), and an enclosed sun porch is situated at one corner.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Delbert Meier House", [Monona, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 124-125.

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