For the past 40 years each May, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust celebrates the architect's groundbreaking career by holding a Wright Housewalk Tour in Oak Park, Illinois.
In 2013, we were excited to attend the tour in connection with a trip to Chicago. The tour consisted of eight private homes designed by FLW and his contemporaries, plus access to a number of landmark buildings, including his home and studio in Oak Park and the outstanding Robie House of Chicago (one of PBS TV's Ten Buildings That Changed America). The walk was long and the tours were quick but overall it was a fantastic day to experience his interpretation of Victorian style architecture and the dawning Prairie style.
An infamous Wright house which wasn't on the tour but can be seen in Oak Park is the Edwin H. Cheney House. The lady of the house, Mamah Borthwick had a love affair with Wright which eventually led to her horrific demise in Taliesin. A fictional account, Loving Frank, shares the story of this relationship from Mamah's perspective, a juicy read if you are stuck in a line up on the Oak Park tour.
This year is the 125th Anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois. To celebrate the FLW Trust has chosen an All Wright 2014 Housewalk with a selection of homes exclusively designed by Wright. These are private homes not normally open to the public, and architectural fans travel from all over the world to experience them. If you are a fan of American architecture this tour is a great segue to a weekend in Chicago.
Catherine Cassidy is a Designer with Build, a construction firm in Stratford, Ontario, specializing in new custom homes and renovations.
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