Ninth home added to Frank Lloyd Wright housewalk

The Dr. Charles E. Cessna House was designed by E.E. Roberts in 1905

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

A ninth Oak Park home has been added to the list of properties to be showcased in the 39th annual Frank Lloyd Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk this spring.

The Dr. Charles E. Cessna House, designed by E.E. Roberts in 1905, is the newest house to be added to the May 18 event, according to a statement from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. The Cessna house has never been presented on previous housewalks. The house features grand rooms in original condition with intact art glass and an open staircase trimmed in oak.

The Cessna house joins eight others that organizers have said are both historically preserved and adapted for modern livability. Those are the 1892 Robert P. Parker house, the 1896 Harry Goodrich house and the 1913 Harry S. Adams house, all designed by Wright. The other houses are the 1885 T.S. Rattle house, the 1906 W.A. Rogers house, the 1906 Frank Keefer house, the 1914 Flori Blondeel house and the 1929 Frank Long house. At least three houses on the showcase each year are designed by Wright.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18. To purchase tickets for the tour — $100 each and $85 for members of the Trust — visit gowright.org. Included is admission to three landmark Wright buildings, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, and Unity Temple in Oak Parkand the Robie House in Chicago. Visit the website for details about the Ultimate Plus Package. The May 17 excursion is sold out.

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