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.
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