Forest House (Charles Ross House)

Forest House (Charles Ross House)

Charles Ross House
("Forest House")
Forest House (Charles Ross House) is located in Wisconsin
Forest House (Charles Ross House)
General information
Type House
Architectural style Prairie School
Location Delavan, Wisconsin
Construction started 1902
Governing body Private
Design and construction
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

Forest House or Charles Ross House is a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 on the south shore of Lake Delavan in Walworth County, Wisconsin. The home is known as one of the finest examples of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie style design, as well as a prime example of Wright's dismembering of the traditional box. The Forest House was constructed in 1902 by members from the Prairie School.

The home features a hipped roof with overhanging eaves, a large lakeside patio, a water tower, a central fireplace, 6 bedrooms, 6.2 baths, and a 2 bedroom guest apartment. Like with many of Wright's homes, the entryway is not obvious, the ceilings are lower as Wright was a shorter man, and the lead windows are embedded with Wright' signature double grid with orange panes.

Today, the home still remains a private residency. The house is occasionally open to the public as part of the Wright in Wisconsin program of guided educational tours.

See also


  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0226776212 (S.083)
  • Visser, Kristin. Frank Lloyd Wright & the Prairie School in Wisconsin. Madison, Wis.: Prairie