International Decorative Art

Art Glass Window for the Ward W. Willits House

Art Glass Window for the Ward W. Willits House

Design Date 1901

Designer Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959, American)

Media glass with copper-plated zinc caming

Dimensions 15 1/4 x 20 3/4 x 1/4 inches

Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs for the Ward W. Willits House in Highland Park, Illinois, included more than 100 pieces of art glass. This window is from the home’s interior and was part of a door separating the dining room from the kitchen. While lacking much color, the window represents the geometric motifs found throughout the home and its simple geometry was quite radical for the turn of the 20th century. According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, “The Ward Willits House represents a radical step forward in Wright’s emerging design maturity” and later in life Wright referred to the Willits House, completed in 1902, as his “first great Prairie House.” The home today is a private residence.

ON VIEW in the Visitor Lounge 18

Markings unmarked

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2020.029.002