Maker: Frank Lloyd Wright (American, Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona)

Date: 1912

Culture: American

Medium: Glass, zinc

Dimensions: 86 1/4 x 28 x 2 in. (219.1 x 71.1 x 5.1 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Purchase, The Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation and Edward C. Moore Jr. Gifts, 1967

Accession Number: 67.231.1

Rights and Reproduction: © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


The playhouse, an addition to the Avery Coonley estate, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1907, was the architect's first commission following his return from Europe in 1911. As was most of Wright's early ornament, the glass designs were usually derived from natural forms. The Coonley windows, however, are purely geometric, recalling the abstract compositions of contemporary European painters. The use of primary instead of earth tones was also unusual for Wright at that time. The so-called playhouse was actually a kindergarten run by Mrs. Coonley, and Wright undoubtedly had children in mind when he chose to use these festive shapes and colors.