Alternatives are good. Oak Park is always up for a debate. So a new alternative plan to build a visitors center at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio got its moment when the Historic Preservation Commission met Tuesday night.
The key difference between the Wright Trust plan and one put forward by architect Paul Harding and his supporters is that the latter spares one home from demolition and keeps the additions intact on a second Trust-owned home.
We’d make a single point to those who worry that demolishing one home opens the door to more demolitions in the Wright Historic District: This is an effort to greatly enhance the Home & Studio, a singular, international architectural treasure and tourist hub. Approving this does not open the door for either teardowns, with McMansions following, or brick ranches crammed onto side lots.