Warren Hickox House
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Warren Hickox House

The Warren Hickox House, also known as the Hickox/Brown house, is a Frank Lloyd Wright house in the Prairie School style in Kankakee, Illinois, United States. The house design is similar to two articles Wright published in the Ladies' Home Journal.


Warren Hickox, Jr. ran a real estate and loan business in Kankakee, Illinois.[2] Warren was the brother of Anna Hickox Bradley, who lived next door in another Wright design, the B. Harley Bradley House. The house was modeled after two articles that Wright wrote for the Ladies' Home Journal. The interior is adapted from "A Home in a Prairie Town" and the exterior is based on "A Small House with Lots of Room in It".[3] These designs themselves may have been based on "Primitive Chinese House", an article in Histoire de l'Habitation Humaine, depuis les Temps Préhistoriques Jusqu'à nos Jours by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.[4] The builder may have used the Hickox House as a temporary headquarters while the Bradley House was still under construction.[5]


The exterior walls are covered in white plaster, decorated with stained woodwork. Interior walls are also plaster with a sand finish.[3] Interior woodwork, except oak floors, is Georgia pine and is suggestive of Tudor half-timber framing. The F.B. Henderson House in Elmhurst, Illinois is a mirror-image of the building. The house also has a very similar design to the S. A. Foster House in Chicago. The house has four bedrooms and a chimney.[5] The house retains much of its original integrity except for the removal of the kitchen entrance and south terrace.[3] The house is considered a "mature" example of Wright's Prairie school designs and has been called "one of the single most significant houses" designed by Wright.[6] The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 3, 1978. On August 22, 1986, the house was also listed as part of the Riverview Historic District.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ Stevens, Norman S. (2006). Kankakee: 1900-1916. Postcard History Series. Arcadia Publishing. p. 17. ISBN 978-0738540603.
  3. ^ a b c http://gis.hpa.state.il.us/pdfs/200259.pdf
  4. ^ Nute, Kevin (2000). Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan. Routledge. p. 61. ISBN 978-0415232692.
  5. ^ a b Storrer, William Allin (2006). The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press. p. S.056. ISBN 0-226-77621-2.
  6. ^ Hasbrouck, Wilbert R. (March 31, 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Warren Hickox House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013.
  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0-226-77621-2 (S.056)

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