Mary W. Adams House

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Mary W. Adams House
Mary W. Adams House is located in Illinois
Mary W. Adams House
Location Highland Park, Illinois
Coordinates 42°11′14.54″N 87°47′20.24″W / 42.1873722°N 87.7889556°W / 42.1873722; -87.7889556Coordinates: 42°11′14.54″N 87°47′20.24″W / 42.1873722°N 87.7889556°W / 42.1873722; -87.7889556
Built 1905
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural style Prairie School
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 82002552[1]
Added to NRHP September 29, 1982

The Mary W. Adams House, is a Frank Lloyd Wright designed Prairie School home that was constructed in Highland Park, Illinois in 1905. The Adams House is a plaster-surfaced wood-frame house, built for Wright's oldest client.


Mary W. Adams, who was active in the Christian Science movement, hired architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design her a house in 1905. Adams was 73 years old, making her the oldest client that Wright had ever worked with. Wright submitted an initial plan, but Adams rejected it as too costly. Adams approved of a second draft, and the house reflects this design.[2] Adams lived in the house for only three years before her death.[3] It is reminiscent of what would become Wright's A Fireproof House for $5000 design. The house had rooms for a maid and servant. It was designed with a call system so that Adams could request help from anywhere in the house, even the porch. Floors are white oak and the porch is pine. The living room has a tan Roman brick fireplace.[4]

The house was recognized by the National Park Service with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places on September 29, 1982 as part of the Highland Park Multiple Resource Area.[1] The house was foreclosed upon in the 2000s and its fate was uncertain. However, it was purchased in 2011 by a family interested in restoring it. The Highland Park Historic Preservation Commission named it a local landmark later that year.[3] The building was restored the 2010s, exposing the original stucco finish and replacing the original wood shingles with aluminum ones.[2]


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