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1319 MAIN ST

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NAMES
Historic Name:Thomas P. Hardy House
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Reference Number:11112
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):1319 MAIN ST
County:Racine
City:Racine
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1905
Additions:
Survey Date:1975
Historic Use:house
Architectural Style:Prairie School
Structural System:
Wall Material:Stucco
Architect:FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Hardy, Thomas P., House
National Register Listing Date:12/3/1974 12:00:00 AM10/18/1977 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
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NOTES
Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.

RESTORED IN 1967. STAINED GLASS RIBBON WINDOWS. WIDE OVERHANGING EAVES.

Also listed in the Southside Historic District.

The Hardy House encapsulates Wright’s hallmark design elements with long, flat lines, a low hipped roof, a squat chimney, window ribbons, and canopies that evoke the prairie horizon. The geometric art-glass windows typify Wright's turn-of-the-century work. And as in many of Wright’s residential designs, the Hardy House turns its back to the street, guarding the family’s privacy and offering passers-by a plain, stucco-clad, mostly solid wall.

Much of this building can be seen only from the lake. Integration of house and site was always Wright’s primary concern. The steep-sloping lot overlooking Lake Michigan allowed Wright to layer the structure down the hillside, opening it up to the lake. A dramatic two-story glass wall faces the water, providing expansive views from the cathedral-ceilinged living room. From the top floor, containing bedrooms, a balcony overlooks the living room and the lake. A basement level, invisible from the street, opens to the hillside, with four doors leading from the dining room onto a cantilevered terrace. The house thus embodies another of Wright’s favorite ideas: breaking down the box to bring the outdoors inside.
Bibliographic References:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 5/19/2002. "SOUTHSIDE HISTORIC DISTRICT WALKING TOUR GUIDE." Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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