|Built 1925 (1925)|
Added to NRHP 15 December 2011
|NRHP Reference # 11000906|
Architectural style Prairie School
|Location 1509 W. Park Ave., Champaign, Illinois|
Similar Memorial Stadium Champaign, State Farm Center, Staerkel Planetarium, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Wee Haven is a historic house located at 1509 West Park Avenue in Champaign, Illinois. The Prairie School house was built in 1925; its design came from a plan which architect Charles Saxby Elwood had published in Fruit, Garden and Home magazine the previous year. As is typical in Prairie School designs, the house has a heavy emphasis on horizontality, as can be seen in its low massing, flat roof with wide eaves, and casement windows with art glass. The house's various ornaments, which include tile prairie flowers, a wooden apron and string course, and fascia along the eaves, also add to its horizontal focus. The house's fireplace, its most distinctive Prairie School interior feature, has a tile hearth with a brick surround and two more decorative tile flowers.
The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 15, 2011.