Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park

7 Aug

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This May, I had the awesome opportunity to be a guest on the Frank Lloyd Wright housewalk in Oak Park.  Some may remember my interest in Wright and Oak Park was sparked by the book Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. After reading the book I looked into prices for the annual housewalk. Unfortunately, it was well out of my budget. Luckily, a friend of mine had some Oak Park connections (aka grandparents) who were able to take us for free as guests on the nighttime volunteer tour. Needless to say, it was splendid. See photos I took above. Please note that some of the houses are Wright’s and some are not- the tour was focused on Wright but included other notable Oak Park architecture.

Being inside a Wright house is very interesting. Due to the historical and artistic value of the homes, the owners are bound by a set of restrictions  in order to keep the house as near to the condition Wright intended it to be as possible. When I say owners, I also mean residents. Yes, these gorgeous historic houses are occupied year round by couples, families and individuals who own the houses. And yes, it is a rather odd experience to walk past an architectural masterpiece and see Finding Nemo playing on the big screen TV in the living room.

But I guess that’s what beautiful about Wright’s work- every square inch of house includes just as much utility as it does beauty.

(Notes on pictures: The brown house shaped like a triangle in the front is Wright’s home and studio, the one Victorian style house was not on the tour, I included it as a contrast to the Wright-influenced architecture.)

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One Response to “Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park”

  1. crazygoangirl August 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    I had occasion to visit Taliesin West in Scottsdale in 2008 and it was a memorable experience! Loved your pics!

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