Chauncey L. Williams Residence

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Chauncey L. Williams House from the street

The Chauncey L. Williams House, in River Forest, Illinois is a residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The house was built in 1895 of Roman brick and plaster. It was one of Wright's earliest Chicago commissions.

The house reflects the influence of Japanese design on Wright, who was a collector of Japanese prints.

Wright's client, Chauncey L. Willams, was a member of a wealthy Midwestern family; he was active in cultural and literary pursuits. With W. Irving Way, Williams formed the prestigious but short-lived Way and Williams publishing firm (1895–98). Wright and Williams had attended the University of Wisconsin together and remained friends afterward. The two men co-operated in literary pursuits.[1]


  1. ^ David A. Hanks, The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright (Mineola, NY: Courier Dover Publications, 1999), pp. 170–1.

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Coordinates: 41°53′21″N 87°49′40″W / 41.8893°N 87.8277°W / 41.8893; -87.8277