John Farson House, 217 South Home Avenue, Oak Park, Cook County, IL
217 South Home Avenue, Oak Park, IL
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS IL-1210
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N603).
Building/structure dates: 1897 initial construction
National Register Number: 72000454
Significance: The John Farson house, known as Pleasant Home, was designed by George W. Maher (1864-1926) and is on of the earliest examples of a Prairie School residence. Situated in Oak Park, Illinois, it was commissioned in 1897, by John Farson, a locally prominent banker. The house exhibits typical Prairie School stylistic elements including the use of Roman brick, low-pitched hipped roofs punctuated by tall vertical chimneys, simple rectangular window frames and a wide entrance. These features lend an overall horizontal emphasis to the building. The elements are allied with Maher's highly personal motif-rhythm theory to make a unique combination. The hand craftsmanship, simplicity and the natural forms of the Arts and Crafts Movement are brought together with the classical details and geometric patterns. Maher drew design inspiration from the personality of the owner and surrounding environment. His motif-rhythm in the house uses symbols like the American honeysuckle, the lion head, geometric patterns of alternating circles and squares, and especially on elongated shield or badge, to unify architectural exterior details executed in stone and wood with ornamental wood carving, art glass and plaster details inside the house...
Maher, George W.
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