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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Second Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House
1944
 
The Second Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, November 28, 2010
1. The Second Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House Marker
 
Inscription. The Herbert and Katherine Jacobs second house possesses national significance as the first house to be built under architect Frank Lloyd Wright's concept of the "Solar Hemicycle". Based on arcs, radii, and circles, the house's design includes a floor-to-roof glass wall oriented toward the sun and an earth berm to protect three sides from winter winds. Wright's experimentation with passive solar design predates the "energy crisis" of the 1970s by 30 years and is uniquely and beautifully expressed in this house.
 
Erected 2003 by the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.425′ N, 89° 32.077′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on Shawn Trail 0.1 miles south of Old Sauk Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3995 Shawn Trail, Middleton WI 53562, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Big Church on the Hillside (approx. 0.2 miles away); Middleton's Beginning (approx. one mile away); The Lemcke Farm House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Early Social Whirl (approx. 2.5 miles away); Hocheera (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Stamm House (approx. 2.9 miles away); Thorstrand (approx. 2.9 miles away); Hickory Hill House (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
The Second Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, November 28, 2010
2. The Second Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House Marker
The house is built into a hill through the trees behind the marker.
 

 
Regarding The Second Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House. In naming the Herbert and Catherine Jacobs II House landmark no. 114 in 1993, the Madison Landmarks Commission stated "This is the second house designed for Herbert and Catherine Jacobs by Wisconsin architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house is the first of a type that Wright called the 'Solar Hemicycle.' Subsequent examples were built in Galesburg, MI; Bethesda, MD; and Tallahassee, FL. These houses employed many of the principles of his earlier Usonian houses. Their semicircular design was intended to take maximum advantage of the sun's path throughout the day. The Jacobs family was also the client for the first of Wright's Usonian houses."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a Frank Lloyd Wright marker with links to other markers relating to the architect, and a marker at the first Jacobs House located in Madison, Wi.
 
Also see . . .  Jacobs II House Landmark Nomination Form. (Submitted on November 29, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
 
Additional keywords. Architecture
 
The Second Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, November 28, 2010
3. The Second Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House
 
 
The Second Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, November 28, 2010
4. The Second Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,057 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on November 28, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2, 3. submitted on November 29, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on December 18, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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