Five homes by Frank Lloyd Wright contemporaries to debut on 39th annual Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Andrea Brown

The 39th Annual Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk, showcasing the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013 in the historic district of Oak Park, Ill.

Five of the nine houses on Wright Plus 2013 have never before been presented in the history of the housewalk. Wright Plus is sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Information and tickets to all Wright Plus events are available at GoWright.org.

The all-day event will include rare interior tours of the following private homes:

  • Robert P. Parker House (1892) – an early Wright house sensitively restored for today's lifestyle.
  • Louisa and Harry Goodrich House (1896) – highlights Wright's emerging aesthetic and the owner's period restorations.
  • Harry S. Adams House (1913) – Frank Lloyd Wright's final Oak Park commission, reflecting his mature Prairie style.
  • T. S. Rattle House (George O. Garnsey, 1885) – a grand Victorian with an expansive addition and gardens. NEW to Wright Plus.
  • Dr. Charles E. Cessna House (E. E. Roberts, 1905) – Grand rooms in original condition, complete with intact art glass and a magnificent open staircase trimmed in oak. NEW to Wright Plus.
  • W. A. Rogers House (H. G. Fiddelke, 1906) – stunning art glass and original woodwork in this spectacular Arts & Crafts residence. NEW to Wright Plus.
  • Frank Keefer House (E. E. Roberts, 1906) – exceptional Prairie design enhanced with a dynamic two-story expansion. NEW to Wright Plus.
  • Flori Blondeel House No. 2 (John S. Van Bergen, 1914) – recent restoration with original woodwork and expansive two-story atrium addition. NEW to Wright Plus.
  • Frank Long House (Leon Stanhope, 1925) – unique interpretation of the cottage style with new gardens and a charming undulating roof.

At each house, docents will discuss its architecture, history and the lifestyles of the original occupants.

Also new to the 2013 housewalk, the Cheney Mansion Oasis patio and solarium will provide respite along the tour route. Designed in 1913 by Charles E. White, Jr., the Elizabeth F. Cheney Mansion evokes a gracious English country home.

Tickets are $100 each and $85 for members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Included is admission to three landmark Wright buildings, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Unity Temple in Oak Park, as well as the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago. For more information, visit GoWright.org.

The Ultimate Plus Weekend Package is sold out.

The Wright Plus Friday Excursion, Wright Treasures in Rockford and Belvidere, is sold out.

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