Last summer Stephanie and I took a trip to
Chicago for a long weekend. It was perfect weather, not too hot or humid. We stayed in our old neighborhood or Oak Park
at the Carleton Hotel
. During that time we had a chance to walk through the historic district that has numerous Frank Lloyd Wright houses, including his home and studio
Within walking a few blocks you can get a glimpse of the evolution of his designs, from late Victorian styles (Gale house),
to his shingle-clad home and studio, to my favorite Oak Park design where he started hiding the front door and turned the houses 90 deg on axis to make them sit wide on their lots.
A striking house that sits across the street is the Moore House that he originally designed in 1895 and then redesigned it in 1929 after a fire. It is a Tudor style with this tall wide chimneys. It was a perfect Sunday morning for a walk.
A few days later we had a chance to tour the Robie house
The house is located on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. We took the Red line and transferred to the bus. After a quick burger at the Woodlawn Tap we walked a few blocks to the house. It is currently undergoing restoration, but it is still a sight to see. It sits on the corner and overlooks former prairie which is now university buildings.
Once again there is the hidden front door motif. This time it was to the left and around the corner.
Part of the attraction of this house was that Stephanie had just finished reading Wright 3
to our sons, Jacob and Joshua. In the book one of the main characters, Tommy, lives in the apartment next door (as seen the in the photo).
All in all it was a great weekend, and yes we did do a lot more than take pictures of FLW houses.
Labels: Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park