Lisa and I left the Kayak Chicago architecture tour (see previous post) and headed back towards Naperville via I-290 when we saw a sign for the Frank Lloyed Wright Home and Studio and thought, “Hey! We’ve never done that either! Let’s go.” It’s right off of Harlem Ave on Chicago Avenue . . . a couple of blocks east.
We weren’t sure what to expect, but since I like woodworking and have some of that similar-style furniture in my home (some of which I’ve built myself) we found it interesting. Apparently, Wright used his primary residence, at this time period (late 1800’s early 1900’s) to experiment and develop his Prairie Style homes. Along the way he added a studio.
I had to pay $5 extra to be allowed to take photos and I had to agree not to sell any of them. I took quite a few, but they are probably mostly of interest to me and I plan to use them as inspiration. So, I’m only adding a few.
Here is his working studio. Note there are no columns supporting the second story balcony/workshop area. It’s held up with heavy chain and some sort of roof and wall support from above.
Some of the plentiful stained-glass work.
Down the street from his home are other homes he designed or renovated. We asked the tour guide how we’d know which ones and she said, “Oh, you’ll know . . .”. Here are some examples:
We enjoyed the tour. It’s hard to believe that we’d never been there, especially since I grew up just east of Harlem and a bit south of I-55. That’s not far at all.
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