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Peter A. Beachy Residence

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 16 September 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Peter A. Beachy Residence is a home in Oak Park, Illinois that was entirely remodeled by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906. The residence that stands today is almost entirely different from the site's original home, a Gothic cottage. The residence is listed as a contributing property to the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School of Architecture Historic District, which was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The original residence, a Gothic cottage, was almost entirely replaced when banker Peter A. Beachy commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to "remodel" the home. The residence is set at right angles to the street to utilize part of the cottage's original foundation and take full advantage of a southern exposure. Wright built this residence after returning from a trip to Japan, and the exterior has several Japan-inspired elements.

Though the Beachy Residence incorporates an earlier structure, the original building is completely obliterated on the interior. The only evidence that the original house, known as the Fargo House, still exist are found in the basement of the Beachy Residence. The house has seven gables and sits on the largest residential lot in Oak Park. Much of the furniture in the house was also Wright-designed but the windows contained only wooden muntins, no leaded or colored glass. However, Wright designed leaded-glass light fixtures which are used throughout the house.

Photo captured August 30, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/13.0 ISO 200 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb photos and stunning architecture in this series - bravo!

16 Sep 2014 10:14am

dik from Texas, United States

These are great, thanks.

16 Sep 2014 11:09am

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Superbe maison installée dans un écrin de verdure et de lumière.
Superb house set in lush greenery and light.

16 Sep 2014 11:36am

franz from Baden, Austria

nicely framed by this stately trees ...
i do see a hint of japan here, i think. still, it must have cost a decent amount of money to "remodel" the previous house. one wonders why not tear it down and build the new one from scratch ...

16 Sep 2014 12:20pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Nice series !

16 Sep 2014 1:35pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Excellent image as always. Thanks for the information too.

16 Sep 2014 4:22pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful frame, colors, lighting & shadows!

16 Sep 2014 5:05pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

THis is framed beautifully - I also love the light

16 Sep 2014 6:16pm

Francesco from Italy

une magnifique maison...

16 Sep 2014 8:07pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Thanks per the information! A great picture! Best, Adela

16 Sep 2014 8:16pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A gorgeous house! I love the porch. I would love to see the inside of the house!

16 Sep 2014 10:55pm

LauraS from Chico, United States


17 Sep 2014 2:13am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a very cool shot. I wish we had architecture like that around here.

17 Sep 2014 2:16am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Another lovely house! Hard to imagine it's a remodel. I enjoy the beautiful photos throughout this series.

17 Sep 2014 3:25am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


17 Sep 2014 6:38am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

magnifique et remplie de lumière.

17 Sep 2014 6:55am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Beautiful house in beautiful scenery.:-)

17 Sep 2014 10:00am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

The elegant house is nicely captured in the beautiful light.

17 Sep 2014 1:48pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful composition

17 Sep 2014 2:33pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of this stately home. It looks so substantial and well put together.

17 Sep 2014 2:49pm

Sam from Chennai, India

A beautiful beach residence. Love your composition. :)

18 Sep 2014 6:40pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

No longer a 'Gothic Cottage' ... interesting that this one sits on the largest lot in the area.

24 Sep 2014 2:28pm