Dan & Lorena Andrew House
Historic Dan & Lorena Andrew House
The significance of the Dan & Lorena Andrew House at 441 Lawndale Ave. in Woodstock lies not only in an excellent example of a Prairie Style home, but also in the architect the Andrews hired to designed it.
Dan Andrew moved to Woodstock in 1925, served in WWII and the Korean War, was very involved in the Woodstock community and worked at their Woodstock family business, R.O. Andrew Co. He and his wife Lorena traveled worldwide, which may have influenced Lorena’s eye for landscaping, for her work won this home the Tri-Color Landscaping award. Much of her original landscaping still exists around the home.
The Prairie Style design was developed primarily by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, based on the premise that a home should serve human needs without being too showy, or as Wright’s boss once said “form follows function.”
This low-slung 1958 Prairie Style home is defined on the exterior by its clean horizontal lines. Large three foot overhangs, and a low pitched roof, appear to float, supported only by narrow glass transoms. Rows of windows give the appearance of glass walls, while simple materials clad the exterior. Upon entering this home, with its open flowing space, the heart can be found in the living room with its wood clapboard ceiling and centrally located see-thru fireplace. The kitchen, dining and laundry rooms abound with unique cabinetry and built-in furniture, all stained in natural colors, to let the character of wood show through. Pockets doors and folding doors help maintain an openness to the home, yet the public and private areas are clearly separated. Custom natural woodwork, precise decoration, original brass hardware, unique lighting, and even louvered vents below the windows, all add up to the making of this true Prairie Style home.
This 60-year-old Prairie Style home was created by Woodstock architect William Fyfe. Fyfe grew up in Oak Park, Ill., where he was surrounded, and inspired, by many Wright-designed homes. After graduating from Yale’s School of Architecture, in 1932, Oak Park’s inspiration led him to become one of Wright’s first apprentices at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis., the studio and school of Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1935, Bill moved to Woodstock. Through the years Bill designed several Wright inspired homes in the area. He also went on to design many public buildings in Park Forest, Woodstock, Harvard, Rockford, Bellwood, and Chicago. His most enduring legacy was the master plan for Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Roy and Cindy Bock have cordially invited the general public to the McHenry County Historical Society Committee’s plaquing ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on September 29, 2018.