Herbert and Katherine Jacobs Second House

3995 Shawn Trail, Middleton, Wisconsin

The second home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Herbert and Katherine Jacobs


NRHP Plaque

This is private property, it is well hidden by trees. This plaque is all that can be seen of the property without trespassing.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning




This was the first house to be built under Wright's concept of the "Solar Hemicycle." Rooms were largely circular or semi circular, oriented towards the sun and protected from the north wind by berms. Wright's use of passive energy to heat the house preceded the "energy crisis" by thirty years. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 31, 2003

This is the second home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Herbert and Katherine Jacobs. The first Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House is also recorded on this site.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 31, 2003
Reference number
NR name
Jacobs, Herbert and Katherine, Second House
Architectural style
Modern Movement; Wrightian
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant years
1946; 1948

Update Log 

  • July 14, 2011: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status
  • October 19, 2010: New photo from J.R. Manning