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Yelland House

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1912–1914, attrib. William Drummond. 37 River Heights

William Drummond, who had worked for Wright in the Oak Park studio, was sent to supervise the construction of Wright's City National Bank and Park Inn. This Prairie-style open-block-plan house has all the earmarks of Drummond's work in and around Chicago. Generally his designs, in contrast to Griffin's, have an almost Japanese lightness about them. One can really sense the thin wood balloon or platform frame, lightly sheathed in wood or stucco. And Drummond often had a tendency, as one can see in the Yelland house, to accentuate this delicate quality by applying patterns of small boards to his stucco walls. In plan the Yelland house provides a living porch on the front, with its entrance on the right side.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Yelland House", [Mason City, 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, 418-418.

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