Warren Hickox House Constructed
Warren Hickox House, also known as the Hickox/Brown house, is a Frank Lloyd Wright designed Prairie school home that was constructed in Kankakee, Illinois in 1900.
Warren Hickox's wife was the sister of Mrs. B. Harley Bradley, of the Wright designed B. Harley Bradley House which is located next door to the Hickox house.
Between 1900 and 1901, Frank Lloyd Wright completed four houses which have since been considered the onset of the "Prairie style". Two, the Hickox and Bradley Houses, were the last transitional step between Wright’s early designs and the Prairie creations. Meanwhile, the Thomas House and Willits House received recognition as the first mature examples of the new style. At the same time, Wright gave his new ideas for the American house widespread awareness through two publications in the Ladies' Home Journal.
Wright's residential designs were "Prairie Houses" because the design is considered to complement the land around Chicago. These houses featured extended low buildings with shallow, sloping roofs, clean sky lines, suppressed chimneys, overhangs and terraces, using unfinished materials. The houses are credited with being the first examples of the "open plan". The manipulation of interior space in residential and public buildings are hallmarks of his style.
Built in 1901, the Hickox House is noted for being one of the two homes in Riverview designed by world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Prairie style structure still stands at 687 South Harrison Avenue. The original owner was Warren R. Hickox, Jr., who ran his father's abstract, real estate and loan business. In the winter of 1900, Hickox went to Oak Park, Illinois to consult with Mr. Wright about designing homes for he and his sister, Anna Hickox Bradley and land inherited from their father Warren Hickox, Sr. Wright visited Kankakee to look over the ground. He not only designed the houses which became the first designed in the Prairie Style of architecture, but also the furnishings for the houses including tables, chairs, carpets and drapes. Today the Hickox House remains a private home.