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Another Wright In Springfield, Illinois?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 28, 2012 01:05 AM
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by Eric last modified Feb 27, 2012

Springfield, IL is home to one of the most stunning Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Prairie School residences ever built: The Susan Dana Lawrence House (1902). According to this recent article in The State Journal-Register, however, there's some speculation as to whether Wright could have been involved in another historic 1902 Lawrence project in the Illinois state capitol: The Lincoln Colored Home, the first orphanage for African American children in the country, located at 427 S. 12th...




 

 

Picture 2Springfield, IL is home to one of the most stunning Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Prairie School residences ever built: The Susan Dana Lawrence House (1902).

According to this recent article in The State Journal-Register, however, there's some speculation as to whether Wright could have been involved in another historic 1902 Lawrence project in the Illinois state capitol: The Lincoln Colored Home, the first orphanage for African American children in the country, located at 427 S. 12th street. It seems Susan's mother, Mary Lawrence, was a benefactor to the orphanage and the current owners (looking for help in saving the dilapidated building) wonder if Wright may have had a hand in designing it.

From the way the building looks at a glance, I would say a Wright connection is doubtful...but stranger things have happened, I guess. Read more about this story here.

Top image via sj-r.com/bottom image via springfield.il.us



 

 

 
 
 

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