Friends and Neighbors: Doing right by Wright

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By David Pierini

Staff Photographer

Frank Lloyd Wright took home design to the smallest decorative detail.

So when it comes to decorating his Home & Studio for the holidays, one could imagine his ghost fly-specking every decision.

The staff at the Home and Studio in Oak Park feel they do right by Wright with decorating that remains faithful to his organic style and the 20-year time period in which he, his wife and six children lived there. 

"You won't find lights strung up around the house," curator David Bagnall said.  "Everything is done in harmony with his style."

According to accounts from his children, the family placed a large Christmas tree in the upstairs of the home in an addition built as a children's playroom in 1895. Early 20th-century glass ornaments and candles (they remain unlit) adorn the tree. 

A volunteer, Kay Falbo, takes charge of the floral arrangements sparingly placed around the Home & Studio. There are poinsettias around the fireplaces and small foil-wrapped packages placed here and there. 

There will be free Victorian Christmas Tours of the Home and Studio Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. Find more information on their Facebook Page.


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