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904 Grand Ave. | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

National or State Registers Record

904 Grand Ave.

National or State Register of Historic Places
904 Grand Ave. | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Wright, Duey and Julia, House
Reference Number:99000787
Location (Address):904 Grand Ave.
Duey and Julia Wright House
904 Grand Avenue, Wausau, Marathon County
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Date of Construction:1958

Perched on a bluff top overlooking the Wisconsin River, the Duey Wright House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's last Usonian residences. Built for Duey and Julia Wright (not related to the architect) who owned a local music store and music school, the home's unusual L-shaped footprint has been suggested to represent a quarter note in honor of the musical couple. Moreover, a repeated geometric design found throughout the home in perforated plywood panels suggests musical notation. Wright used these panels in the exterior windows and as screens between rooms.

The unadorned concrete block walls combine with the wide overhanging eaves to create a low horizontal look to the home. The longest wing, which runs east to west, is principally used for bedrooms, with the carport on the east end and the library on the west end. The two wings are joined on the west end by a large concrete block chimney, which allows for a library fireplace, and another in the living room. The circular living room contains a continuous band of windows allowing for a panoramic view of the Wisconsin River to the southwest, and Rib Mountain in the distance.

The building is privately owned; please respect the privacy rights of its owners.

Period of Significance:1958
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Architectural Style:Modern Movement
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Prott, Ted
Architect:Wright, Frank Lloyd
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:07/16/1999
State Register Listing Date:01/15/1999
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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