Stained glass window with geometric design, 1902. Stained glass, copper, oak. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and produced by Giannini & Hilgart, Chicago, Illinois. Gift of Willits-Robinson Foundation. 1985.423a
A casement, or hinged, window made mostly of clear glass with a geometric border of lines and rectangles made of opaque and gold mirrored glass. Set in an oak frame. RELATED: 1985.423b Window by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Willits House in Highland Park, IL 1902 Glass, copper, oak Frame: 51" x 32" Glass: 34" x 26.5"
This window was one of five such windows designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Ward Willits house at 1445 Sheridan Road in Highland Park. The windows, which were stacked atop a row of smaller bottom windows, formed five doors between the living room and the front terrace. They were made by Giannini & Hilgart, a Chicago stained glass firm. They were given to the Chicago Historical Society by a later owner of the house, Mr. Milton J. Robinson.
This window is an example of both a typical Prairie style home, and the problems associated with preserving architectural landmarks. The Ward Willits House, built in 1902, is considered the first fully realized Prairie style home by Frank Lloyd Wright, which emphasized a unified design: long low lines, natural materials, and connection with the surrounding natural environment. Wright designed all 115 art glass windows in the building with geometric designs intended to allow light while maintaining the owners' privacy. He was friends with the client, Ward Willits, vice-president of Adams & Westlake Co., a bronze foundry.