John Gillin Residence

John Gillin Residence

John Gillin Residence
John Gillin Residence is located in Texas
John Gillin Residence
General information
Type House
Architectural style Usonian
Location Dallas, Texas
Construction started 1958
Design and construction
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
View of the house and pool, 1957.

The John Gillin Residence is a large single-story Usonian house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950 and built in Dallas, Texas in 1958. The Gillin House is Wright's only residential project in Dallas and the last home constructed before his death. Gillin was a successful oilman, geophysicist and electronics gadgeteer. Gillin commissioned Wright to design a work of art that would also be suitable for living and entertaining. A self-made man, Wright respected him and allowed him to design many details including all door hardware, the stainless steel kitchenettes and even the diving board support.

This sprawling Usonian is one of Wright's most extensive single-story residences. Three wings spin off a central hexagon much as might have happened had Arizona Biltmore Hotel's Aztec ballroom.

The home was designed in response to the Southwest climate and its site of seven acres overlooking a creek. Long horizontal outer walls of understated native sandstone and horizontal bands of windows converge to create a dramatic entry.

In 1996, the Gillin House was featured as Bob Mapplethorpe's house in the Wes Anderson film, Bottle Rocket.


  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0-226-77621-2 (S.338)

External links

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  • Frank Lloyd Wright - Preston Hollow Modern Home
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  • Photo of the Gillin House
  • Photos on Arcaid