About Westcott - House History

The Westcott House, the product of arguably the most important architect of the modern era, was designed in 1906 and built in 1908. The house is probably more noted for what it has not been than for what it is. The interior alterations made in the early 1940s—the conversion of the open floor plan into a multi-unit apartment building—changed the architecture so significantly that it no longer reflected the design intent of its architect. In its prime, The Westcott House not only embodied Frank Lloyd Wright's innovative Prairie School architectural design but also extended Wright's concept of relating the building to its site by means of a terrace, a pool, gardens, and other landscape elements. 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 Style houses. The Darwin D. Martin residence, built in 1904 and located in Buffalo, New York, incorporates this concept.

For reasons unknown, The Westcott House has remained an undiscovered relic of Wright, an altered architecture, a lost Wright artifact. Through the cooperative efforts of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and The Westcott House Foundation, today The Westcott House is an important rediscovery, a notable, newly-unearthed and revitalized example of Wright's legacy. The Westcott House is a unique example of Prairie Style architecture and the undeniable expression of America's preeminent architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.