A. P. Johnson House

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A. P. Johnson House
A. P. Johnson House is located in Wisconsin
A. P. Johnson House
Location Delavan, Wisconsin
Coordinates 42°35′26.82″N 88°37′0.27″W / 42.5907833°N 88.6167417°W / 42.5907833; -88.6167417Coordinates: 42°35′26.82″N 88°37′0.27″W / 42.5907833°N 88.6167417°W / 42.5907833; -88.6167417
Built 1905
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural style Prairie School
NRHP Reference # 82000715[1]
Added to NRHP July 9, 1982

The A. P. Johnson House, also known as Campbell Residence, is a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Prairie School home that was constructed in Delavan, Wisconsin, USA, in 1905.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

The Johnson house sits on a 6-acre lot on the south shore of Lake Delavan, on a small wooded hill with a view of the water. Wright designed it as he was shifting from more classical designs to fully-developed Prairie style like the 1906 Robie House.[3]

Characteristic elements of Prairie Style are the low-pitched hip roofs with wide eaves, the raised central mass, bands of casement windows, and horizontal siding. One-story porches extend from each end parallel to the lake, like wings of the house. The windows contain leaded colored glass, in a decorative pattern that repeats. The house is clad in horizontal tongue-and-groove wood siding, which Wright often used on small cottages. The roof was originally covered with wood shingles, but they have been replaced with asphalt.[3]

The interior included a large central living area with dining room, living room and study more or less open to each other. A large fireplace of Roman brick heats the living room. (The house was originally heated only by its fireplaces.) Bedrooms are upstairs. Much of the interior was updated from 1980-82, but the exterior is little changed from 1905.[3]

Wright intended that the exterior of the house be finished in a dark natural color, but the house was instead painted white. William Storrer writes: It is said that when Wright, approaching on horseback via the dirt driveway to supervise final stages of work on this Prairie style tongue-and-groove-sided house, saw it painted white, he rode away, never to return.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "A. P. Johnson House". Architecture and History Inventory. Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d Charles Quagliana; Diane H. Filipowicz (1980-09-10). "NRHP Inventory/Nomination: Johnson, A.P., House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-04-25.  with 14 photos
  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0-226-77621-2 (S.087)

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