Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Liddle, Alan, Architect (firm); Taliesin Fellowship (firm); Alan Curtis Liddle (architect); Frank Lloyd Wright (architect)

Dates: constructed 1946-1954

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6816 79th Street West
Lakewood, WA 98499

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Building History

The design and construction of the Chauncey Griggs House took approximately eight years, an extended period relatively common to residential commissions by Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright frequently rethought design approaches and incurred cost-overruns.

The Lakewood Historical Society web site said of the Chauncey Griggs House: "Frank Lloyd Wright's preliminary designs for the Griggs House on Chambers Creek in Lakewood were drawn up in 1946. Construction started in August 1946 but was halted in October and delayed for several years while final drawings were reviewed several times. Construction was finally completed more than seven years later in November 1954. Using the revised final plans prepared by noted Northwest architect Alan Liddle. The Griggs family celebrated their first Christmas in the house in 1954." (See Lakewood Historical, "Chauncey & Johanna Griggs House Historical Marker," accessed 12/17/2020.)

Building Notes

The young Tacoma architect, Alan C. Liddle (1922-2009), served as Frank Lloyd Wright's Project Manager for the Griggs House. He discussed his role as supervising architect at the Society of Architectural Historians' annual conference in Vancouver, BC, 10/14/2000. (See SAH, "Marion Dean Ross Chapter," 12/2000, vol 44, no. 6, p. 9.)

PCAD id: 14491