A.O. Anderson House: DeKalb, Illinois January 21, 2008Posted by dr. gonzo in Architecture, Houses, Prairie style.
DeKalb has several prominent historic homes but the Anderson House may be one of the least known. The Anderson House is part of a local historic district but doesn’t have federal recognition on the National Register yet, I am hoping to alleviate this. The house is commonly mistaken for a Frank Lloyd Wright work, but it’s not.
While not a Wright work it was designed by a professional associate of his, John S. Van Bergen. Van Bergen is one of the architects who worked with Wright in his Oak Park studio. Van Bergen was present to shut down Wright’s Oak Park operation when his boss left the country for Europe with Mamah Borthwick Cheney, a client’s wife.
The home is a fine example of Prairie style architecture, Van Bergen’s mastery of the Prairie style emphasis on horizontal lines help create an optical illusion of a shorter building. The house was designed for a DeKalb clothing merchant, Andrew O. Anderson and constructed in 1916.
*Wikipedia: John S. Van Bergen, Andrew O. Anderson House (both by me)
*A.O. Anderson House: Free use image gallery (by me)
*A.O. Anderson House: 2004 Daily Chronicle article
*A.O. Anderson House: Illinois Historic Sites Survey Property Information
Tomorrow we take a look at some historic sites in the Ogle County, Illinois city of Polo.