Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Home

While in Chicago over the holidays, we visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s first home and studio in Oak Park, IL, a town about 20 minutes away from downtown Chicago. Wright, who is often referred to as the greatest American architect, was definitely a visionary. Hard to believe that he did not have any formal training in architecture but I suppose that some of the great geniuses are just destined to rise and become legends.

To this day, Wright’s house on Chicago and Forest Avenues in Oak Park stands out from the neighboring pastel-colored Victorian houses in the neighborhood. The interior is still impressive with detailed and quality craftsmanship everywhere, a true testament as to how the use of durable materials and fine carpentry can last the test of time (in this case about 124 years). Wright not only developed this house’s structure but also designed the windows and furniture. There is built-in storage everywhere (albeit small for modern day standards), including a his and hers walk-in closet by the master bedroom. Another feature that was ahead of the time is the recessed lighting in at least three rooms, back in the day when electricity was not even common in many homes. The house is more representative of his earlier Prairie style and is definitely influenced by his love for Japanese aesthetics.

Have you visited any of Wright’s homes or buildings? Personally, I’d love to visit Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. I suppose the Guggenheim Museum in New York remains to be a favorite.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home Oak Park

Frank Lloyd Wright's first home Oak Park Front Entrance

Frank Lloyd Wright Living Room Oak Park Original built-in sofa in the living room

Fireplace Frank Lloyd Wright's Home Oak Park Fireplace by the living room, room within a room

Recessed lighting in the dining room

DSC_9712_2 His daughters’ bedroom

DSC_9723_1 Window by the master bedroom resembles a kimono

DSC_9736_2 Children’s playroom with upstairs used to stage plays

DSC_9743_2 Wright’s studio where he worked with at least five other architects

DSC_9748_2 Safe where architects stored drawings

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