Wright Home & Studio (1889), Oak Park, Illinois
The Frank Lloyd Wright Home, 428 Forest Ave., was constructed in 1889 and is surfaced with wood shingles. Adjacent to the house on the north, at 951 Chicago Ave., is Wright’s shingles-and-brick studio, constructed in 1898. The Wright Home is the oldest house constructed by the architect that still exists today and was built for himself and his bride-to-be with money borrowed from his employer, Louis Sullivan.
Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked here from 1889 until 1909. He and his first wife, Catherine, raised six children in this home which received several additions and modifications, including the barrel-vaulted playroom on the second floor which served as a gymnasium, kindergarten, concert hall and theater. In the adjacent studio, Wright developed the Prairie style and formulated the principles of an organic architecture that he would continue to develop during the rest of his career.
The Frank Lloyd Wright home has been designated by the American Institute of Architects as one of seventeen buildings designed by Wright to be retained as an example of his architectural contribution to American culture.
Location: 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
Owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Operated by the Frank LLoyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation. Admission fee. Photographs of interior not permitted.
William Allin Storrer, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (1995), #2,3,4.
Thomas A. Heinz, Frank Lloyd Wright Field Guide (2005), pp. 291-292.