By Megan Dooley
William Dugal Jr., longtime owner of a unique Frank Lloyd Wright property in Oak Park died this week at age 83.
Dugal lived in the Nathan G. Moore home on Forest Avenue, built by Wright in 1895, and rebuilt by the famous architect after a fire destroyed the top floor in 1923. The house was commissioned by Moore, Wright's friend and neighbor, when Wright was still struggling to distinguish himself in the field of architecture and support his family. Though Wright was typically attracted to distinctive architectural styles, he agreed to build the Nathan G. Moore house in the traditional English Tudor style, which he was said to have detested. The rebuilt home included exotic design flourishes, which included Mayan influence.
During his ownership, Dugal opened the house for tours seasonally to raise funds for Friedreich's ataxia, a rare condition afflicting some of his children. He is survived by six of his seven children. His wife, Jacqueline, and his son, William J. Dugal III, preceded him in death.
Visitation hours are Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Dreschler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion in Oak Park. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave.
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