Open House, Open Season for Frank Lloyd Wright
by Ian Volner | Tuesday, March 1, 2011 | 2 Comments
The Chicago-based Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust has announced the itinerary for its annual Frank Lloyd Wright house tour. Slated for Saturday, May 21, Wright Plus 2011–the 37th in the yearly series–will feature three private homes from the master’s own hand and five from select contemporaries, as well as three public buildings also designed by Wright.
This year’s attendees will be able to choose between the standard housewalk and a four-day Ultimate Plus tour, a full suite of Frank-o-centric activities and excursions in the Chicago area that features private talks and dinners in Wright-built homes as far afield as Racine, WI.
The three Chicago-area homes on the docket for May 21st are all in the historic Oak Park district, where Wright’s practice got its start and where he earned his residential chops. All are exemplary of the architect’s early Prairie Style mode: the Peter A. Beachy House (1906), the Arthur B. Heurtley House (1902), and the Harrison P. Young House (1895) — the last a rare Wright reno project in which his emerging Prairie tendency jostles with the Tudor Revival details of the existing structure.
Rounding out the visit are the public buildings, two of them former houses and all three National Historic Landmarks: the Wright-Unity Temple, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, and the Robie House.