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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 2 October 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio at 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois, has been restored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust to its appearance in 1909, the last year Frank Lloyd Wright lived there with his family. Frank Lloyd Wright purchased the property and built the home in 1889 with a $5,000 loan from his employer Louis Sullivan. He was 22 at the time, and newly wed to Catherine Tobin. The Wrights raised six children in the home. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and declared a National Historic Landmark four years later.

The original 1889 structure was quite small. The home was extensively remodeled in 1895, when among other changes the kitchen was enlarged and converted to a dining room, the upstairs nursery was expanded and converted for use as Catherine's dayroom, and the Children's Playroom and a new kitchen were added to the back of the house. A second major addition was made in 1898, when the Studio and Connecting Corridor were built. In the Studio, Frank Lloyd Wright and associated architects like Walter Burley Griffin and sculptor Richard Bock advanced the Prairie School of Architecture and designed many notable structures, including the Robie House, Unity Temple, the Laura Gale home, and the Larkin building. After 1909, the Studio was converted into a residence for his wife and the younger children. Later on, the Home and Studio became an apartment building. In the 1960's, it fell into disrepair as the owners began to neglect the property due to financial problems. The longtime roofing company entrusted by Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park-based Tuscher Roofing, took control of the property. In 1974, the structure was handed over to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and restoration soon began.

The Home and Studio was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976, and has received the American Institute of Architects' National Honor Award. It is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has been restored, maintained, and operated as a museum by the The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

Photo captured August 30, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 360 52 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Superbe le triangle du toit avec ce vert quelle vue merveilleux.

2 Oct 2014 6:50am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Very interesting architecture.:-)

2 Oct 2014 6:56am

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

As always, very good.

2 Oct 2014 7:15am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I remain in awe of this series.

2 Oct 2014 7:55am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Une très très belle série.
J'adore la lumière ainsi capturée.)

2 Oct 2014 8:10am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Also very beautiful ! A superb composition !

2 Oct 2014 11:00am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

So this is where the master did his work. I love his buildings.

2 Oct 2014 11:32am

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

Wow, $5,000 was a goodly sum in 1889, and at only 22 years of age, his employer Louis Sullivan had a good sense of FLW's potential. I wonder if any employer would put such faith and trust in any employee today.
Your photos and in information you're sharing is magnificent.

2 Oct 2014 12:17pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

An American master, thanks for posting this.

2 Oct 2014 1:33pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful capture of a beautiful residence.

2 Oct 2014 2:23pm

Don from Spokane, United States

It's fun to see an early house that was lived in by this famous person. A nice shot of this unique place.

2 Oct 2014 3:03pm

franz from Baden, Austria

this home still looks more modest than the ones he designed for others, despite the additions that were made to it! he was quite a creative sould, wasn't he ?!?

2 Oct 2014 4:43pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love the dappled light, the window reflections and the composition

2 Oct 2014 6:47pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

The house looks in pristine condition. The high level of detail in the image adds to the excellent visual.

2 Oct 2014 7:23pm

Patrick M. from France, France

I 'love this style, I' m see it live well

2 Oct 2014 8:59pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful frame, colors, lighting, shadows, textures & reflections!

2 Oct 2014 9:07pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Excellent continuation of your Wright series.

2 Oct 2014 11:44pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very cool shot. I do like A-frame houses.

3 Oct 2014 12:24am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is such a beautiful home. I really like it. I am glad that it was restored and is part of the National Trust. Wonderful narrative and a spectacular series!

3 Oct 2014 1:10am

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3 Oct 2014 7:00am

Malaura from France

Encore une superbe demeure que vient souligner ce superbe cadrage avec l'arbre et le feuillage. Amicalement

5 Oct 2014 1:58pm