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A. P. Johnson House

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1905, Frank Lloyd Wright. 3459 S. Shore Dr. Visible only from Delavan Lake
  • (Photograph by Paul J. Jakubovich, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)
  • (Photograph by Paul J. Jakubovich, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

This small-scale Prairie Style house, designed for furniture dealer A. P. Johnson and his family, was the last of five that Wright created on Delavan Lake. The architect fully exploited the dramatic six-acre site, situating the house atop a small wooded knoll with a commanding view of the water. One-story covered porches extend from either side of the two-story core, like the wings of an airplane hovering close to the ground. An open veranda connects the porches across the front. Bands of art-glass windows open the first-floor living room on three sides to views and breezes from the lake. Upstairs, more bands light the bedrooms. The ribbons of windows, low-pitched hipped roofs with cantilevered eaves, and horizontal siding, whose tongue-and-groove joints suggest boards with sunken battens, make the house appear to hug the ground. Subsequent owners enclosed one of the porches and removed some interior walls.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "A. P. Johnson House", [Delavan, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 189-190.

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