Maker: Frank Lloyd Wright (American, Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona)
Geography: Made in Illinois, United States
Dimensions: 55 3/4 x 17 x 18 1/2 in. (141.6 x 43.2 x 47 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. David Lubart Gift, in memory of Katherine J. Lubart, 1944–1975, 1978
Accession Number: 1978.189
Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
In 1900 Frank Lloyd Wright received a commission from manufacturer Ward Winfield Willits (1859–1950) to design a new house in Highland Park, Illinois. The house and its accompanying furnishings are recognized today as Wright’s first residential masterpiece in the Prairie School style. This chair was designed as part of the dining room suite and, like all of the house’s furnishings, it served as an integral part of the architectural scheme. The arrangement of the high-back dining room chairs around an imposing table created a setting that Wright deemed appropriate for formal dining.