Allen–Lambe House

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Henry J. Allen House
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The house in late 2013
Allen–Lambe House is located in Kansas
Allen–Lambe House
Allen–Lambe House is located in the United States
Allen–Lambe House
Location255 N. Roosevelt St.,
Wichita, Kansas
Coordinates37°41′24″N 97°17′33″W / 37.69000°N 97.29250°W / 37.69000; -97.29250Coordinates: 37°41′24″N 97°17′33″W / 37.69000°N 97.29250°W / 37.69000; -97.29250
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
ArchitectFrank Lloyd Wright
Architectural stylePrairie School
NRHP reference #73000775[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 7, 1973

The Allen House (also known as the Henry J. Allen House and the Allen–Lambe House) is a Prairie Style home in Wichita, Kansas, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1915 for former Kansas Governor Henry Justin Allen and his wife, Elsie.[2]

Description and history[edit]

It was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's last Prairie Houses.[2][3] The design influence of the prairie and Japanese architecture (Wright was working on the Imperial Hotel in Japan at the time) is apparent on both the exterior and interior.

Also included in the forward-thinking house were such modern conveniences as a central vacuuming unit, an alarm system and gas fireplace logs.[4] Another innovation was the first firewall in a residential home. The bricks contain iron, giving it a rust color.[2]

It is currently run by the Allen House Foundation as a museum under the stewardship of the Wichita Center for the Arts. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 7, 1973.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Bleiberg, Larry (June 7, 2015). "10 Great: Frand Lloyd Wright Homes". USA Today.
  3. ^ "FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S ALLEN HOUSE". Allen House Foundation. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  4. ^ Keck, Gayle (27 August 2006). "What's Wright About Wichita". the Washington Post. Retrieved 12 March 2011.

External links[edit]

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