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Arthur Heurtley Residence

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 18 September 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Arthur B. Heurtley Residence is located in Oak Park, Illinois. The residence was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and constructed in 1902. The Heurtley Residence is considered one of the earliest examples of a Frank Lloyd Wright house in full Prairie style. The house was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places when it was designated a National Historic Landmark on February 16, 2000.

While the Heurtleys owned the residence, it underwent three major changes. They added screens to the windows on the elevated porch as well as a breakfast room on the main floor. The third of the Heurtley's changes converted the "wood room," as it was known on Wright's original drawing into a pantry or food storage area. It is thought that the breakfast room addition and wood room conversion were done through Frank Lloyd Wright's office but the dates remain unconfirmed.

In 1920 the house was purchased by Frank Lloyd Wright's sister, Jane Porter, and her husband, Andrew. They converted the home into a duplex in the 1930's and each floor was separated into apartments. The Porters stayed in the Heurtley House for 26 years. After the Porters left the house, two other owners altered the home further. The kitchens and bathrooms were modernized, the front loggia enclosed and a black iron gate was added to the home's entryway. A master bathroom was added in the last fifteen feet of the main floor veranda and the living room inglenook and dining room breakfront were removed. A second chimney and a furnace were also added. Between 1997 and 2002, the owners of the house spent $1.2 million on a complete restoration of the residence.

Photo captured August 30, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/45 second F/13.0 ISO 100 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This becomes a real collectors' series - fascinating designs.

18 Sep 2014 6:54am

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

An advanced design (in his time). Thanks for the photo, information and the whole series.

18 Sep 2014 7:22am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful frame, clouds, colors, lighting & shadows!
L O V E L Y !!!!

18 Sep 2014 12:06pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Interesting series - both great photos and history

18 Sep 2014 3:15pm

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

very nice!

18 Sep 2014 3:38pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

You should create a book of all of these lovely images of these historical homes

18 Sep 2014 5:50pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Superb architecture. Fantastic colours.:-)

18 Sep 2014 5:58pm

Paleblue Photography from St. Catharines, Canada

What an interesting series of photo's and wonderful homes. Can you get a peek inside. That would be something to see too! Nice work.

18 Sep 2014 6:33pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful architecture. Amazing details. Excellent shot. :)

18 Sep 2014 6:38pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's seen so many changes but still looks so wonderful on the outside. I'm sure inside is pretty nice, too. ;-) Excellent photography!

18 Sep 2014 6:39pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Ohhhhhh..... que c'est beau.
Couleurs, cadrage vraiment merveilleux.)

18 Sep 2014 6:51pm

franz from Baden, Austria

another wonderful example of f.l.w.'s genius! not having seen a picture of the original design, i can't find fault with what i get to see in your capture!!!

18 Sep 2014 7:22pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

The style similarity with the Robie House is noticeable. The colors are just delightful! Wonderful image.

18 Sep 2014 9:46pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

A delightful collection of FLW buildings in this series. I visited Oak Park nearly 20 years ago, and visited his house too - a great experience.

18 Sep 2014 9:48pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

The is a very cool series. This building is not to my taste. It looks too much like a fortress.

18 Sep 2014 10:35pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is just beautiful! I love the lines of this house. I think it is one of my favorites so far!

19 Sep 2014 2:24am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


19 Sep 2014 7:19am

Julie L. Brown, Photobirder from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

FLW's work is so pleasing and lovely. Very effective perspective and composition.

19 Sep 2014 11:09am

Malaura from France

Cette résidence est fabuleuse et la photo superbe !

24 Sep 2014 2:28pm

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

Raised in the traditional northeast, I was never one for modern architecture. Therefore, I am definitely a novice when it comes to FLW's designs. You are teaching me a great deal. ;D

24 Sep 2014 2:30pm