For many years Wright Plus was the place that we non-architects could not only view some of the fabulous jewels in Oak Park's treasure chest, but also learn about architecture. When tickets were affordable ($20, $25), there were many young people on the tour, some of them architecture and art students who would occasionally debate docents about details of the homes. The rest of us listened, learned and were entertained by these educated combatants.
Alas, now only the older and wealthier can afford the $100 tickets (or the almost $600 "fast pass"). The docents appear only to know what has been written on their small index card. Most of our questions about the homes were met with, "Sorry, I don't know."
It is always a treat to meet architects who volunteer as docents, but they seem to be rare. One house captain was so snotty and off-putting when we asked to speak to the research captain (whom she said wasn't onsite because of fatigue), that I wondered if I would ever fork out the price of admission again.
Lois M. Platt
Owner, Gustavus Babson House I, Lifetime member, FLW Preservation Trust
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