Caputo house
Frank Wolfe Prairie Style House

This is a Prairie-style home designed in 1921 by San Jose architect Frank Delos Wolfe. Wolfe designed many Frank Lloyd Wright-style Prairies between 1911-1921.

This house is San Jose City City Landmark 205.

The house was commissioned by Fillippo Taormino, who bought it for his son Sal. In 1931, it was purchased by Rocco and Assunta Caputo, whose family lived here for nearly 70 years.

Click here to go to the Frank Wolfe web site where you'll see more pictures of this house and others like it.

Living room. The room is 26' x 22', with a 16' ceiling with egg-and-dart molding, and it's always sunny. The central fireplace is a feature of the Prairie syle.

Living room looking into dining room.

Living room with Stickley TV cabinet.

Here are the windows on the inside with a rug I designed and had made to "reflect" them.

Front door now. The original glass-paned doors were lost long ago and replaced with plain plywood. I added some trim, painted it the same color as the egg and dart molding, and painted stencils on it. Click here to see a side-by-side of the same door before and after.

Living room stained glass windows from outside. The deep overhangs are a hallmark of Wolfe. The decorative molding goes all around the house.

Door into dining room. The painting over the door is one I did of the famous cat mascots of the town of Los Gatos. There's a closeup of the painting on my art page.

Dining room. Still has all its original built-in cabinets, stained glass, and the egg-and-dart molding.

Dining room cabinet closeup.

Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture by Krista Van Laan

Here's the book that tells all about the Prairie architecture of Frank Delos Wolfe.
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