The Jenkinson House
1727 W. Griffin (104th) Place
1913, Walter Burley Griffin - architect
Prairie School - architectural style
This house is a fine example of Walter Burley Griffin's incorporation of Prairie School architecture into a small, inexpensive format. Prairie School characteristics can be seen in low, broad chimney, the flat or gently hipped roof , the continous band of casement windows under wide eaves, and the central fireplace around which the interior spaces are arranged.This house and seven other Griffin-designed houses on the block were built based on the "A Fireproof House for $5,000," design, that Frank Lloyd Wright published in 1907. Griffin had worked in Wright's Oak Park studio at the time and it is assumed that is where he received the impetus for this project. Though some Griffin scholars claim that the actual idea for the "Fireproof House" came from Griffin and was then "promoted/legitimized" by Wright. The design was fireproof because concrete was used for the exterior walls rather than wood siding and the cost was kept to minimum by using the same wooden mold each time concrete was poured. Thisproduced a uniformity of box-shaped houses. Yet it also helped solidify floor plans which encompassed the Prairie School characteristic of open, free-flowing space around a central fireplace. The work Griffin produced on this block, renamed after him in 1981, was his final effort in the United States. For in 1914 he moved to Austrailia to design a new city Canberra, which would be their capital.