Ten great homes by Wright, none in OP-RF?

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By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

Thomas Heinz apparently isn't a fan of the Wright-designed homes in Oak Park and River Forest. Despite the fact that some two dozen of Wright's homes can be found in these two communities, the largest concentration in the country, Heinz, who just published the Frank Lloyd Field Guide, was asked by USA Today to name his some of his favorites. He came up with 10, none from Oak Park or River Forest. 

Here's his list:

1. B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee (see today's WJ Homes story, "Wright around the corner," page 36).

2. Samara House in West Lafayette, Indiana.

3. David and Gladys Wright House (presumably the only Wright Wright House) in Phoenix, Arizona.

4. Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama.

5. Kentucky Knob in Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania.

6. Emil Balch House on the North Side of Chicago (the Oscar Balch House in Oak Park, across from the Hemingway Boyhood Home, was on this year's Wright Plus walk).

7. Hanna House in Palo Alto, California.

8. American System-Built Homes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

9. Henry J. Allen House in Wichita, Kansas.

10. Zimmerman House in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Hard to believe he couldn't come up with one from our towns. But, as Wright well knew, there's no accounting for taste.

Email: ktrainor@wjinc.com

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Stan Ecklund  

Posted: August 19th, 2015 12:56 PM

So, you realize that the Heinz list was of FLW homes _open to the public_, right? Now, he still didn't include the Home and Studio, but that's really the only option in OP-RF ... http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/10greatplaces/2015/06/05/frank-lloyd-wright-homes/28465933/

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