Frequently Asked Questions

When will you be open?
We have been open by appointment since the fall of 1990. This was a condition established by the city of Wichita commissioner’s when the zoning was changed to allow the house to function as a house museum.

How long will it take to finish the restoration?
The time it takes to finish the restoration is all dependent on the donations that we receive.

Why does the lintel slope over the front door?
The basement was dug by horses with drag buckets. In order to get the horses and excavated dirt out, a ramp was created. Since compaction was done by hand in this time frame, rather than by mechanical means, settling has occurred in this area.

How old was Frank Lloyd Wright when he designed the Allen House?
He was 48 years old.

Why are there cracks in the fireplace mantels?
They are thermal cracks from the marble expanding from the heat produced by locating the wood logs out toward the front of the fire box. Frank Lloyd Wright preferred the logs to be placed vertically at the back of the fire box.

How long does it take to tour the home?
The length of a typical tour is approximately 1.5 hours.

Was the parking lot part of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original house¬†design?
No. The parking lot concept was implemented by restoration architect Howard W. Ellington, A.I.A. with environmentally friendly pavers to offer off street parking due to City Ordinance.

How much did the Allen House Foundation pay Wichita State University for the house?
It is the policy of the Wichita State University Foundation to not disclose the amount paid for items de-accessioned.