Fred B. Jones House

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Fred B. Jones House ("Penwern")
Fred B Jones Estate 3335 S Shore Dr.JPG
Fred B. Jones House is located in Wisconsin
Fred B. Jones House
Location Delavan, Wisconsin
Coordinates 42°35′36.68″N 88°36′41.27″W / 42.5935222°N 88.6114639°W / 42.5935222; -88.6114639Coordinates: 42°35′36.68″N 88°36′41.27″W / 42.5935222°N 88.6114639°W / 42.5935222; -88.6114639
Built 1903
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural style Prairie School
NRHP reference # 74000134[1]
Added to NRHP December 27, 1974

The Fred B. Jones House is part of an estate called "Penwern" in Delavan, Wisconsin, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and constructed from 1900 to 1903. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[2]

Fred Jones was a Chicago bachelor-businessman who had this estate on Lake Delavan built as a weekend cottage and a place to throw summer parties. Wright designed all the buildings, each different.[3] They were built while Wright's ideas were developing, and though the buildings fit nicely into their natural surroundings and emphasize the horizontal, they lack the flat roofs and lines that we now think of as Wright's Prairie Style.

The boathouse was built first, in 1900, with rising ridgepoles and flaring eaves that suggest Japanese architecture more overtly than in most of Wright's designs. The main house was built in 1901, with gable roofs, a living room facing the lake, and broad arches, one over a porte-cochère. The gatehouse was built in 1903, with a gable roof, two Gothic-like dormers, and a two-story tower to which the men could retreat for late-night poker. The stable was also built in 1903, a gable-roofed building whose design looks more Wrightian than like a Wisconsin barn.[2]

The name "Penwern" was chosen by Jones,[2] meaning "Great House" in Gaelic. Jones' grandmother moved in with him in 1921, forcing him to add a wing at the southwest corner of the house.[3] The boathouse burned in 1978, but was reconstructed around 2005.[4]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Richard L. Cleary (1974-09-18). "NRHP Inventory/Nomination: Jones, Fred B., Estate ("Penwern")". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-03-27.  With 3 photos.
  3. ^ a b "Fred B. Jones Estate (Penwern)". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Knoll Steel, Inc". Knoll Steel, Inc. Retrieved 2017-03-27.  Includes photos from the firm rebuilding the boathouse.
  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0-226-77621-2 (S.083)

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