Frank Lloyd Wright was a fascinating architect. He was prolific — designing 1,000 structures and building 532 of them. He was considered to be the most influential architect of his time. He was named by the AIA as the Best Architect in America. The 25 extant buildings in Oak Park and River Forest reveals the proof-in-the-pudding — that this architect was extraordinary.
Glencoe, Illinois, home to 9,000 people on a prime lakefront location, is not known for its architecture. Yet the village contains a unique Frank Lloyd Wright residential development, Ravine Bluffs, hidden on the north side of town. It also has a Keck and Keck plot full of tiny (by today's standards) Mid-century Modern houses very close to Highland Park.
In a previous Wednesday Journal column titled, "Novelty architecture spices up road trips" [Sept. 15, 2015], I described a collection of delightful buildings that we experienced on a road trip from Tulsa to the Four Corners region in the southwest.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses must have been very influential to Paul Schweikher, who designed a number of modest homes in the Chicago area. He designed a church in Austin and a home and studio for his family in Schaumberg, but unfortunately none in Oak Park. He did complete an intimate single-story structure cantilevered above a spectacular ravine in Highland Park in 1950.
Lost May 8 in River Forest near Division and Thatcher. Luke has light blue body with gray on wings and head, and white face. Skye is yellow with gray on head and wings, and green on belly. Probably separated by this point. Reward offered. Call...