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Thomas P. Hardy House

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1905, Frank Lloyd Wright. 1319 S. Main St.

The Hardy House encapsulates Wright’s hallmark design elements with long, flat lines, a low hipped roof, a squat chimney, window ribbons, and canopies that evoke the prairie horizon. The geometric art-glass windows typify Wright’s turn-of-the-twentieth-century work. And as in many of his residential designs, the house turns its back to the street, guarding the family’s privacy and offering passersby a plain, stucco-clad, mostly solid wall. Much of this building can be seen only from the lake. The steep-sloping lot overlooking Lake Michigan allowed Wright to layer the structure down the hillside. A dramatic two-story glass wall faces the water, providing expansive views from the cathedral-ceilinged living room. From the top floor, containing bedrooms, a balcony overlooks the living room and the lake. Four doors lead from the dining room onto a terrace, and a basement level, invisible from the street, opens to the hillside. The building thus embodies another of Wright’s favorite ideas: breaking down the box to bring the outdoors inside. Gene Szymczak, the seventh owner, rehabilitated the house in 2012–2015, down to its original colors.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.
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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Thomas P. Hardy House", [Racine, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WI-01-RA14.

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 171-171.

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