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Suntop Houses

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1940, Frank Lloyd Wright. E. Spring and Sutton aves., Ardmore

At the end of the Great Depression and with World War II looming, Wright accepted a commission for four sets of economical quadrangle houses of the sort that H. L. Duhring had pioneered in Chestnut Hill for the Woodward Estate a generation before ( PH184). Only one of Wright's quads was actually built. Working from his Broadacre City model, Wright composed four houses sharing common walls along the stairs and kitchens, with brightly lighted living rooms at the corners and bedchambers opening on to roof decks on the second level. Insistent horizontals of the front fence and the redwood-trimmed parapet that gives privacy to the upper rooms and deck recall Wright's Taliesin West.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Suntop Houses", [Ardmore, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 190-190.

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