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The Hills-DeCaro Residence

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 29 September 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Hills-DeCaro Residence sits on the lot adjacent to the Nathan Grier Moore House, with a large gap in between the two. Nathan Moore purchased the two lots next to his Frank Lloyd Wright designed Tudor Revival home, and had Frank Lloyd Wright remodel what was then a Stick Style House on the adjoining lot as a wedding gift to his daughter and son-in-law the Hills'. Frank Lloyd Wright completely remodeled the home, rendering the original house unrecognizable. He made it more Prairie Style with its overhanging eaves, and beautiful art glass windows, but one can also see the Japanese influence of Frank Lloyd Wright with its pagoda style roofs.

When the Hills moved into their new home, they enjoyed the outside, but were dissatisfied with the interior, Prairie layout. They hired an outside architect to undo the Prairie Style updates to the dismay of Frank Lloyd Wright. In the 1970's, there was a terrible fire that destroyed most of the interior of the home. The DeCaro family, then living in the home, discovered that one of the only pieces to survive the fire was a built-in Frank Lloyd Wright cabinet that contained the blueprints for both the inside and outside of the home. They then hired an architect to completely restore the home back to its original Frank Lloyd Wright condition.

An interesting feature of this home is the white kiosk in the side yard, pictured to the right. It was originally a ticket booth from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Ironically, it was at the World's Fair of 1893 that Frank Lloyd Wright was first exposed to Japanese Architecture in the Ho-o-den of the wooded island.

Photo captured August 30, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/13.0 ISO 110 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Wayra from Roma, Italy

Well, I wish I could live there!

29 Sep 2014 6:34am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

An impressive mansion. Neither do I live there.
Have a nice day

29 Sep 2014 9:48am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Another uniquely beautiful piece of architecture!

29 Sep 2014 10:39am

Julie L. Brown, Photobirder from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Very interesting mixture of architectural styles. I can't imagine how one could undo a FLW design!

29 Sep 2014 10:53am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Beautifully framed.:-)

29 Sep 2014 1:49pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Lovely image.

29 Sep 2014 4:29pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautifully framed and composed.

29 Sep 2014 4:46pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Very nice composition in this brilliant and colorful scene. I like a lot the contrast between the tiny tree in front of the house and the tall trees round it.

29 Sep 2014 7:58pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

The house is presented in an excellent way. An enjoyable information too.

29 Sep 2014 8:11pm

Malaura from France

Une maison magnifique ! Comme dit dans ton article, on ressent bien le côté japonais dans la toiture et l'extérieur est impeccablement entretenu. J'aime aussi le petit kiosque. Couleurs et lumière rendent encore plus attrayante cette superbe demeure. Amicalement :)

29 Sep 2014 10:25pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

The architecture is just gorgeous. What a lovely home. I an definitely see the Japanese influence in the architecture.

30 Sep 2014 1:00am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

A pleasure to see.

30 Sep 2014 1:07am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is lovely. Especially with that trimmed shrub in front.

30 Sep 2014 3:28am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec le buisson rond devant quelle belle maison bien soignée superbe.

30 Sep 2014 4:14am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


30 Sep 2014 7:53am

franz from Baden, Austria

fascinating history of this interesting building, and of course a great photo !

30 Sep 2014 7:29pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

How wonderful that the Hills were able to rebuild after the fire, and to its FLW style inside.

30 Sep 2014 10:38pm