(c) Mark Hertzberg
Shooting at Penwern today – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fred B. Jones house and estate on Delavan Lake (Wisconsin). Usually one wants shadows to help define lines but today it worked out well to have even lighting. There are so many wonderful layers to the house, so many things going on in Wright’s head as he works to define his design vocabulary.
The estate (house, gate lodge, boathouse, and stable) were designed 1900-1903. His designs in 1900 began to be in what is commonly known as his Prairie-style homes. While he designed some Prairie-style before Penwern, this design cannot be classified that way. His five Delavan Lake cottages were originally all stained brown. Sue and John Major, the stewards of Penwern since 1994, announced a wonderful website this fall: www.penwern.com There are many more photos and more information about Penwern there.