Wednesday, November 28, 2012

(Photos) Highland Park's three Frank Lloyd Wright houses

Although in the Chicago area Frank Lloyd Wright is best known for his architectural work in Oak Park--where he lived and maintained his studio, there are other Wright projects elsewhere in the region.

Highland Park, Illinois is graced with three Wright homes--all of them are in his Prairie Style and they are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Arguably his first Prairie Style home is the Ward Willits House (1902) at 1445 Sheridan Road. In his biography of Wright, Meryle Secrest called it "his acknowledged masterpiece." It's a very large home--there are four wings in it. I didn't get inside of any of these houses--but in this video you can see what treasures are inside. The exterior is stucco--but wood dominates in the interior.

If you are in the market to buy an architectural gem, then you'll be interested in the George M. Millard House (1906) at 1689 Lake Avenue. It's been on the market for a year--and the price keeps dropping. Although the asking price is still over $1 million. has photographs of the interior of this home--which also contains much wood.

Here is another view of the Millard House.

The Mary W. Adams House (1905) is a few blocks away--at 1923 Lake Avenue. It has new owners--and they are restoring the interior to its original design.

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