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.
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