House Walk to Celebrate Wright Legacy

Wright design
Japanese influence permeates the distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright design of the Peter A. Beachy House on Oak Park’s largest lot. (James Caulfield, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust / June 15, 2005)

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will hold a house walk 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 in Oak Park and River Forest to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the 40th anniversary of the trust.
All Wright 2014 will feature rare interior tours of private homes and public buildings designed by Wright in the Oak Park area, which boasts the largest concentration of Wright buildings anywhere.
The event will include the following private residences:

  • Rollin Furbeck House (1897), Oak Park: Pre-Prairie Wright with a three-story central tower and echoes of Louis Sullivan’s decorative techniques.
  • William G. Fricke House (1901), Oak Park: A study in geometric shapes, balancing the horizontal and vertical.
  • Arthur B. Heurtley House (1902), Oak Park: National Historic Landmark furnished in Wright style with dramatic art glass.
  • William E. Martin House (1903), Oak Park: A stunning, family-friendly Prairie home featuring original murals and a water garden.
  • Peter A. Beachy House (1906), Oak Park: Japanese influence permeates this distinctive design, situated on Oak Park’s largest lot.
  • Hills-DeCaro House (1906), Oak Park: Redesign of a traditional Victorian home with extensive interior restorations and impressive stepped roof.
  • Isabel Roberts House (1908/1956), River Forest: Combination of Prairie and Usonian styles, spanning Wright’s career.
  • Never seen on previous house walks, the Isidore H. Heller House (1897) in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18. The three-story masterpiece is a National Historic Landmark.

At each house, guides will talk about the original owners, design details and restoration.
Also on the tour is the place where these homes were conceived: the Wright Home and Studio, the oldest Wright building open as a public museum. Other public sites on the house walk, Unity Temple and Frederick C. Robie House, were designed in Wright’s Oak Park studio.
Tickets are $125 and $100 for members of the trust.
For more information about the tour and tickets, call 312-994-4000 or go to
This post originally appeared on on April 4, 2014.