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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Gilmore House

1908

 

—Frank Lloyd Wright —

 
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By William J. Toman, July 1, 2010
1. Gilmore House Marker
Inscription. This residence, called the "Airplane House," illustrates the essence of the Prairie School style of architecture. The strong feeling of horizontally is given by sweeping eaves; banded, leaded casement windows; horizontal wood trim; and site placement. Wright, the most outspoken of the Prairie architects, designed this house for attorney Eugene A. Gilmore at a time when prevailing architectural forms were derived from historical styles.
 
Erected 1972 by Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.267′ N, 89° 25.151′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of North Prospect Avenue and Ely Place, on the right when traveling west on North Prospect Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Ely Place, Madison WI 53726, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elliott House (a few steps from this marker); Buell House (within shouting distance of this marker); Morehouse House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct
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By William J. Toman, July 1, 2010
2. Gilmore House Marker
The marker is on the right side of the stairs to the house.
line); Bradley-Sigma Phi House (about 700 feet away); Ely House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smith-Ogg House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Terrace Homes Apartments (approx. ¼ mile away); University of Wisconsin Dairy Barn (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Gilmore House. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "The only Frank Lloyd Wright design built in Madison during his Prairie School years, is this internationally-famous house built for Prof. Eugene A. Gilmore and his wife in 1908. The site, located at the highest point in University Heights, offered Wright a magnificent opportunity. He positioned the house just below the crown of the hill and placed the principal living rooms on the second floor, providing the Gilmores with unrivalled panoramic views of Madison and the surrounding Four Lakes region. Copper-roofed wings extend outward from the forward-facing center pavilion with its triangular balcony. The resulting composition soon earned the building the local nickname of 'the airplane house.'

"Eugene A. Gilmore came to Madison with his family from
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By William J. Toman, July 1, 2010
3. Gilmore House
View from the southeast
Boston in 1902, having left his private law practice to join the University of Wisconsin law faculty. He quickly earned a national reputation as an educator and administrator. In 1922 he was appointed Vice-Governor of the Philippine Islands. In 1930 he returned to the U.S. to become the law school dean and later president of Iowa State University."
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This is a Frank Lloyd Wright marker with links to other markers relating to the architect.
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the house (pdf). (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
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By William J. Toman, July 1, 2010
4. Gilmore House
View from the northeast
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By William J. Toman, July 1, 2010
5. Gilmore House
View from the east
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By William J. Toman, July 1, 2010
6. Gilmore House
Closeup view from the east
 
 
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