Coonley House
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Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
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Location Riverside, Illinois   map
Date 1908   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System wood frame with stucco
Climate temperate
Context suburban
Style Prairie style
Notes S.135. a large, sophisticated Prairie House.


Photo, exterior, front facade overview

Photo, walkway and trellis looking away from househistorical

Photo, overview from garden side, historical


Lower Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing

Discussion Coonley House Commentary

"The Coonley residence provides the first example in Wright's work of the zoned plan. Living quarters are raised, in typical Prairie fashion, and a pavilion links various spaces. Inlaid tiles form a geometrical pattern in the frieze on the plaster-surfaced, wood-trimmed house. Published plans...include the cottage and coach house, originally a stable, so their design date might also be set at 1907, but construction was well after the 1909 completion of the main residential structure. The entire project has been somewhat altered, the residence being converted into three separate apartments. The coach house and contiguous sunken gardens are now a separate plot."

— William Allin Storrer. The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog. project 135.

The Creator's Words

"In breadth, length, height and weight, these buildings belonged to the prairie just as the human being himself belonged to it with his gift of speed. The term 'streamlined' as my own expression was then and there born. As a result, the new buildings were rational: low, swift, and clean, and were studiously adapted to machine methods."

— Frank Lloyd Wright. from Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Gerald Nordland, ed. Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas. p35.


A U.S. National Historic Landmark.


300 Scottswood Roador Bloomingbank RoadRiverside, Illinois 60546

— Thomas A. Heinz. Architectural Monographs No. 18: Frank Lloyd Wright. p140.

Main wing, 281 Bloomingbank. Bedroom wing, 300 Scottswood Road. Coach house, 336 Coonley Road. Playhouse, 350 Fairbank Road.

Sources on Coonley House

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. reduction diagram, p211. — Updated edition available at

Kenneth Frampton. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. Color photo of interior, p147. — Available at

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Gerald Nordland, ed. Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987. ISBN 0-8-93-1421-5. LC 87-20755. NA737.W7A4 1988. p35.

William Allin Storrer. The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: a Complete Catalog. Second Edition. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1979. ISBN 0-262-19171-7. LC 78-1306. NA737.W7A4 1978. project 135. geographical index, p10.

William Allin Storrer. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993. ISBN 0-226-77624-7. LC 93-30127. NA737.W7A4 1993. Exterior photo of living room, p134-5.   Available at

Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, Volume 2. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. exterior photo, f 247, p 307. — An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at

Frank Lloyd Wright. Ausgefurte Bauten. Berlin: Ernest Wasmuth A.-G, 1911.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Coonley House


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