F. F. Tomek House

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F.F. Tomek House
The F. F. Tomek House in 2011
F. F. Tomek House is located in Illinois
F. F. Tomek House
F. F. Tomek House is located in the US
F. F. Tomek House
Location150 Nuttall Road, Riverside, Illinois
Coordinates41°49′55.75″N 87°49′1.56″W / 41.8321528°N 87.8171000°W / 41.8321528; -87.8171000Coordinates: 41°49′55.75″N 87°49′1.56″W / 41.8321528°N 87.8171000°W / 41.8321528; -87.8171000
ArchitectFrank Lloyd Wright
Architectural stylePrairie School, Other
Part ofRiverside Historic District (#69000055)
NRHP reference #99000632
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 20, 1999[1]
Designated NHLJanuary 20, 1999[2]
Designated NHLDCPAugust 29, 1970

The F.F. Tomek House, also known as The Ship House or as the Ferdinand Frederick and Emily Tomek House, is a historic house at 150 Nuttall Road in Riverside, Illinois. It is prominent example of Prairie School design by Frank Lloyd Wright. Designed in 1904 and construction finished in 1906, the Tomek House is a well-preserved example of the style. In addition to being a good example of the Prairie style, the Tomek house documents the development of the style, which reached its clearest expression in Wright's Robie House in 1908. It is included in the Riverside Historic District and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1999.[2][3]


The Tomek house was constructed for Ferdinand Frederick Tomek from 1905 to 1906. Tomek worked in a factory that produced picture frames and wooden moldings. The Tomeks resided in the house until 1924. The house is considered an important artifact of the development of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School of design. Barry Byrne was the assistant architect for the house. The Tomek house served as a model for the Robie House, Wright's famed 1910 design. Like most of his projects, Wright designed the furniture for the Tomek house.[3]

In 1973, the Illinois Historic Structures Survey identified it as a significant site. The house has been extensively restored. The Illinois Department of Conservation approved a grant for this purpose to the Moran family in 1979. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency approved the changes and issued a Certificate of Rehabilitation. In 1993, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy was offered an easement to help protect the residence. On January 20, 1999, the house was named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, owing to its role as a site of national-level significance.[3]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "F.F. Tomek House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
  3. ^ a b c Elizabeth Ann Milnarik and Carolyn Pitts (September 5, 1998). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: F.F. Tomek House / "The Ship House"" (pdf). National Park Service. and Accompanying 11 photos, exterior and interior, from 1987, 1992 and 1998. (3.03 MB)

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