Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead House

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Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead House
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Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead House is located in Illinois
Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead House
Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead House is located in the United States
Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead House
Location42W814 Rohrson Rd., Plato Center, Illinois
Coordinates42°02′09″N 88°27′02″W / 42.03583°N 88.45056°W / 42.03583; -88.45056Coordinates: 42°02′09″N 88°27′02″W / 42.03583°N 88.45056°W / 42.03583; -88.45056
Built1951 (1951)-53
ArchitectFrank Lloyd Wright
Architectural styleUsonian
NRHP reference #15000965[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 12, 2016

The Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead House is a historic house located at 42W814 Rohrson Road northeast of Plato Center, Illinois. Built in 1951-53, the house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in his Usonian style. Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead, the home's owners, had met Wright in 1948 while touring Taliesin, and the meeting inspired them to commission Wright to design their own home. The one-story house is horizontally oriented to match its flat surroundings, in keeping with Wright's design principles. Rows of casement windows and a wooden parapet along the roof add to the house's horizontal emphasis. The house's interior also includes several typical elements of Wright's work, including a deemphasized front entrance, floor-to-ceiling windows used to bring in additional light, and a sense of contrast and connection between rooms.[2]

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 12, 2016.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 1/11/16 Through 1/15/16". National Park Service. January 22, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Muirhead, Elizabeth and Robert, House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved November 24, 2017.