TALIESIN WEST IS CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 30

Out of an abundance of caution for our staff and visitors, Taliesin West will be closed for all public access through the end of the month. We will be monitoring the situation and reviewing this decision on a moment to moment basis, making the best decision in the interest of the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

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Westcott House

Orpha Westcott, considered one of Springfield’s most prominent and progressive women, is credited with suggesting Wright as the architect for the Westcotts’ new home.

Built

1904

Client

Burton J. Westcott and his wife Orpha

Address

1340 E. High St.

Status

National Register of Historic Places. Open to the public with tours available.

The house fully exemplifies the architect’s mature Prairie style with its long rooflines and low, rectilinear profile. An extensive pergola capped with an intricate wooden trellis connected the detached carriage house to the main house, a design element included in only a few other Prairie houses. Though Wright deemed the design successful enough to include in his 1910 Wasmuth Portfolio, the house was altered so significantly following the death of the Westcotts that it became a forgotten architectural treasure. In 2001 a devoted group of local preservationists undertook a painstaking $5.3 million restoration. Today, the Westcott House Foundation is open as a museum and education center.

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