- Type: Attractions
NileGuide Expert Says:
If you are interested in architecture, this is a must see. The trek to Oak Park can be long, so make the most of it by doing both the self-guided walking tour and the home tour.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Make reservations! The tours can get pretty busy.
For the first 20 years of Wright's career, this remarkable complex served first and foremost as the sanctuary where he designed and executed more than 130 of an extraordinary output of 430 completed buildings. The home began as a simple shingled cottage that the 22-year-old Wright built for his bride in 1889, but it became a living laboratory for his revolutionary reinvention of interior spaces. Wright remodeled the house constantly until 1911, when he moved out permanently (in 1909, he left his wife and six children and went off to Europe with the wife of one of his clients). During Wright's fertile early period, the house was Wright's showcase, but it also embraces many idiosyncratic features molded to his own needs rather than those of a client. With many add-ons -- including a barrel-vaulted children's playroom and a studio with an octagonal balcony suspended by chains -- the place has a certain whimsy that others might have found less livable. This was not an architect's masterpiece but rather the master's home, and visitors can savor every room in it for the view it reflects of the workings of a remarkable mind.
Tours cannot be booked in advance by phone, but a select number of tickets for each day can be reserved online. Allow 1 hour for the tour, more time if you want to browse in the bookshop.
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- Very Highly Recommended 2009
- Very Highly Recommended 2010
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- tel: 708/848-1976
- fax: +1 708 848 1248
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- 951 Chicago Ave
- Oak Park, IL 60301
Outside the city
- Admission to home and studio is by guided tour only; tours depart from bookshop Mon-Fri 11am, 1, and 3pm; Sat-Sun every 20 min. 11am-3:30pm
- No Sweat