Nakoma’s earliest houses were constructed between 1915 and 1919 and were designed in the fashionable Prairie and Craftsman styles. Of these, the most architecturally significant ones are examples of the Prairie style and typically feature simple horizontal massing, partial or total stucco cladding, grouped windows, and wide overhanging eaves.

Nakoma’s finest example is the Thomas & Calla Lloyd Jones house. The architect is still unidentified but was probably Alvan Small (1869-1932), an outstanding Madison architect whose very fine Prairie-style Nakoma School, built in 1917, was once located just across Nakoma Road from the Jones house. The Jones house is completely clad in stucco as are its very wide overhanging flared eaves. Its most notable feature, however, is the extravagant use of bands of paired casement windows. Those to the rear still provide panoramic views looking out over Lake Wingra. The window bands evoke the look of Japanese screens, reflecting the contribution of eastern design to the Prairie style.

Thomas Lloyd Jones was a professor of education at the UW and a former principal of the Madison High School. He was also a cousin of Frank Lloyd Wright and a former attendee and principal of the Hillside School on Wright’s Taliesen estate in Spring Green. This connection may have led to the progressive design of this house.



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