Francis Apartments, 4304 South Forestville Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, IL
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4304 South Forestville Avenue, Chicago, IL
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS IL-1076
Building/structure dates: 1895 initial construction
Significance: The Francis Apartment Building is an early design by Frank Lloyd Wright. One of two middle-income housing projects executed by Wright in Chicago in 1895, the building was praised by Robert C. Spencer as follows: "Devoid of architecturesque features and aggressive enrichment, there is a quiet, impressive dignity in the clean-cut facade of the Francis Building which gives it an enviable air of well-bred distinction among the rabble of slatternly, dowdy, and illiterate 'flats' of the neighborhood. The grammar of this building is simplicity itself with the sufficient and evident preparation for the structure at the base, the sheer use of uninterrupted wall surface, completed finally and gracefully in the simple rich crown with fretted sky-line." In 1960, the building was officially named a Chicago Architectural Landmark.
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Wright, Frank Lloyd
Francis, Susan K (R)
Terra Haute Trust Company
Homolka, Larry J., Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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