"The town that Frank Lloyd Wright built" Top 5 Page for this destination Oak Park by Dabs
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I've been meaning to visit Oak Park for years now, everytime I drove by those brown historic markers on highway 290 I'd say "we really should visit there someday". And today I finally did it!
One of my favorite houses that we saw on our self guided walking tour was the Nathan G. Moore House (Moore-Dugal Residence) located at 333 N. Forest Avenue. It was Frank Lloyd Wright's first independent commission in Oak Park, completed in 1895, after he left the employ of Adler & Sullivan, two other famous Chicago architects. A fire destroyed the 3rd and 4th floors in 1922 and Wright redesigned it, a plaque on the side of the house shows the original design compared to the redesign. That really large wall that appears to be bisecting the front 1/3 of the house is part of the redesign, for some reason it really bothers me but I love the rest of the design.
Another one of Wright's design that I especially liked was the Rollin Furbeck house built in 1897. Once again there is one element I don't care for, the columns that appear on the front of the house.
I wondered as we were walking around just who lived in these massive homes located well outside the center of the city of Chicago. This house was a wedding present for Rollin Furbeck, the third of five sons, from his stockbroker father, Warren F. Furbeck. He also gave his son George a Wright designed house at 223 North Euclid as a wedding gift. Rollin only lived here for about one year, ownership has transferred hands many times since.
The Arthur Heurtley home, built in 1902 on Forest, is an example of what Frank Lloyd Wright would become famous for, the Prairie Style, which emphasizes the horizontal lines and wide open spaces on the interior. Another fine example of the Prairie Style is the Robie House which can be found in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.
- Pros:Fabulous architecture, tree lined streets
- In a nutshell:A perfect day trip from Chicago for architecture buffs
In addition to all the Frank Lloyd Wright homes, there are many other homes in Oak Park that are sure to impress you.... more travel advice
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