Herbert Johnson was so pleased with Wright’s concept for his company’s administration building that he solicited Wright to build his home before the administration building was even complete.
The result was Wright’s last Prairie house, the 14,000-square foot Wingspread named for its soaring roof and four wings that embrace the ground in a pinwheel form. Composed of Kasota limestone, red Streator Brick, tinted stucco and unstained Tidewater Red Cypress, each residential wing is zoned by function: the master bedroom, the children’s bedrooms, the kitchen and servants’ quarters, and the guestrooms/garage. The living room resembles a gigantic dome, and features a breathtaking 30-foot chimney rising from its center. In 1959 Johnson and his wife donated Wingspread to the Johnson Foundation for which it has since served as an international educational conference facility.