James Caulfield/Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Following a hiatus last year due to the pandemic, the Wright Plus Housewalk (run by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in Chicago) is back—meaning, you can tour a bevy of privately-owned Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes throughout Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois for just one day, for the first time since 2019.
Taking place on Saturday, September 18th, the 2021 Wright Plus Housewalk boasts an impressive lineup of FLW-designed homes, including the Isabel Roberts House (built in 1908 and remodeled in 1955), the J. Kibben Ingalls House (built in 1909, and last included on the Housewalk in 1999), and the Oscar B. Balch House (built in 1911). To note, the Isabel Roberts House features the only Prairie-style interior that was updated by Wright himself.
This annual tradition allows architecture enthusiasts from near and far to tour the private residences of those who are lucky enough to live in a FLW-designed dwelling. Better yet, volunteer tour guides will be at each home, in order to provide guests with historical details about the many abodes that are part of the Housewalk.
As many admirers of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work may already know, this area within the Chicago suburbs boasts the greatest amount of Wright-designed structures in the entire world. And if you’re looking for even more local historic homes to tour, might we suggest you also stop by the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum, which is also located in Oak Park—just a few minutes away!
Typically, only two Wright-designed homes in Oak Park are open to the public beyond the Housewalk, on certain days year-round: The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the Frederick C. Robie House. Additionally, the Housewalk also includes sites designed by other renowned architects, such as H. Mahler and William Drummond, who designed the Bell House (built in 1913) and the John A. Klesert House (built in 1915), respectively, both of which are new additions to the Housewalk this year.
Interested in buying a ticket to the 2021 Wright Plus Housewalk? You can do so here. And if you’re unable to make it, fear not: You can virtually tour a number of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes here and here—and see behind the restoration of a FLW house in New York below.
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