Name: P.D. Hoyt House
Location: 1511 South Batavia Avenue, Geneva, IL
Year Built: 1906
Style: Prairie Style
After attending a hearing at the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva, IL, I took the opportunity to meander down the streets of old historic homes to locate the P.D. Hoyt House. This Prairie Style house designed by FLW is quite the find amongst the other historic homes and is nestled back behind a wall making it easy to miss.
According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, “this Wright design features a two story, square floor plan with a central broad chimney, a low-pitched hip roof with broad, overhanging eaves and a matching hip roof above the entry which was replaced with a Japanese-influenced trellis in the 1980s, due to the addition of a tall privacy wall in front of the house. Difficult to see, due to an abundance of landscaping and the high walls, is the “H” design in the windows (shown in photo below).” See: P.D. Hoyt House
My travels took me to the P.D. Hoyt House in February 2017 so there was not much foliage to contend with; my biggest hurdle was the mayoral sign out front. Due to the high wall, I was able to capture images of the house from the front and sides, but not the back. According to my research, the P.D. Hoyt House caught fire on August 3, 2012, but was luckily contained to the first floor with smoke damage throughout the house. See: http://patch.com/illinois/geneva/flames-erupt-in-fifth-street-geneva-home-early-friday.
Despite the dull February winter day, the P.D. Hoyt House shines as a beautiful example of FLW’s Prairie Style design. It continues to bring me hope that I will one day be able to live and tend for a FLW Prairie Style designed house.