B. Harley Bradley House

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B. Harley Bradley House
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Michael K
Saint Louis, MO353 contributions
Family
This was my second visit to the Bradley house but it was a lot more comprehensive than the first visit. Out docent Laura, was very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about this house, not just the architecture but the history of the house as far the families and chronology were concerned. The Bradley house is tucked away in a beautiful neighborhood along the Kankakee River. The house has been restored to its original state (for the most part) and is not to be missed. If you are a fan of Wright, or any architure, this house is extremely important and must be seen.
Written August 24, 2014
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PamR
Nr Chicago, IL61 contributions
Couples
Frank Lloyd Wright lovers must add this to their list! The house has been open to the public only a couple of years and is wonderfully restored, back to the original (unusual) colors. I've seen a number of FLW houses and believe that this one is unusual for its time (1900). The house itself is large and some of the first floor rooms are very large, too. Its setting is sublime, on the Kankakee River. The art glass has an unusual tulip design repeated throughout the house. We had a very fine tour by a knowledgeable guide who easily answered our questions. If you visit off-season, you may be the only ones on the tour, so go now! It's only about 1 1/2 hours from Chicago. There is a nice gift shop on-site as well.
Written December 11, 2012
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Jsleos
Chicago, IL281 contributions
Friends
For those of you in the Chicagoland area who only associate the name Frank Lloyd Wright with Parks (both Oak and Hyde), the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee is a great way to get acquainted with the architectural great. Kankakee's downtown area neighbors the Riverview Historic District (where the Bradley House is located), and a solid afternoon can be spent visiting the House and area museums (the French Heritage Museum is definitely worth a stop).

TIP: Definitely take the tour! This should not be a drive-by experience! For $15 you get a very well-informed and intimate tour that totally trumps the Chicago-area Wright tours.
Written May 27, 2014
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empjm
Peotone, IL163 contributions
Couples
Restored Frank Lloyd Wright house built in 1900 and still looks fresh and livable today. As other reviewers have pointed out, there is little original furniture but the house itself has been well restored. Quite an achievement for this town since the carraige house to this home was slated for demolition just a few years ago. For travelers, it is an easy stop off of I-57 and for locals it is a must see. Many of the locals will remember this in its previous life as the Yesteryear restaurant which closed in 1983. FLW buffs will enjoy this as one of his earlier works and one of the first of his Prairie style. He was only 33 when he designed this house and its neighbor. (a privately owned house, not open for tours) One hour tours are available Friday-Sunday for $15. Most tours I suspect will be private or close to it as I don't think they get a lot of traffic. Make sure you take the short drive along the river south of the house in the Riverview district to see some very nice homes that you may not expect from Kankakee. The gift shop has some very nice FLW items also.
Written August 4, 2013
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HomebodyTraveller
Ann Arbor, MI94 contributions
Family
As of this writing, the Bradley House has been open just two years as a tourable Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. After many decades as a local restaurant, then as an office, the home & stable has finally been lovingly restored.

Designed in 1900, the Bradley House is notable as one of the first manifestations of FLW's "Prairie" style designs. It's also in a really gorgeous location on the river, and as a bonus it is located next to another FLW house (although the neighboring property is a private residence which you cannot tour, and shows evidence of external alterations from the original design). The house is large and full of absolutely stunning woodwork in the doors & trim.

The upper floor is home to the offices of the local community foundation, which means there is incongruously modern office furniture present in several bedrooms and in the sleeping porch. But you can still appreciate the design. The rest of the house is largely devoid of furniture, save for a reproduction FLW-design dining table. Large period photographs set up in the rooms show the interior of house as it appeared shortly after it was completed, with furnishings. Perhaps they'll add furnishings if they can afford to acquire appropriate pieces in the future, but for now it's nice to have a clear view of the house's "lines" (and no need to worry about your kids touching something prlceless).

The stable serves as the gift shop and point of purchase for tour tickets. The volunteers we met could not have been nicer.

It is not a cheap tour ($15 a person) but as FLW fans we felt it was worth it. We were the only ones on our tour, which was awesome for us but we couldn't believe more people weren't thronging to see such a nice property. Perhaps it was for the best that day; I am sure anyone we toured with would have been sick of hearing me gasp "WOULD YOU LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS WOODWORK" three dozen times.

The foundation that runs the house is justifiably proud of the place and we'll be excited to see what they do with it going forward.
Written July 9, 2012
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Ss60504
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Solo
I came to know about this Frank Loyd house when I was reading online about 'doors open illinois' event across the Chicago area. I decided to drive one week end to Kankakee just to visit this house and it was so worth it. Fee of $20 gets you into the both floors of the house with a tour guide, an hour long tour. Lot of local area information and the previous owners who owned that house etc. Tour guide was very informative and patient and I was the only one in that tour so it felt like a private tour.

I had the pleasure and honor of meeting the current owners - Mrs and Mr. Gaines Hall who have let the city open this property to public so everyone can enjoy it. They were working in the gardens and watering plants. Wonderful and very humble couple. Had a brief conversation with them and I was so happy that I got lucky to see them and talk to them as I was told they keep a low profile. We all need to learn from them.

The gardens are beautiful and the property sits on the banks of Kankakee river in a beautiful location.

In fact there is a twin house built along with this one and it is right next door, but owned by a private owner and not open to the public.

The current owners put in a lot of effort in restoring this property and keeping to the time it was built originally and done an excellent job with that.

You can also take a quick boat tour for $10 from right outside of this property on Kankakee river and I was told the boat owner is a local member of this community and will show the beautiful homes on the river side. I didn't get to do that tour , hopefully some other time.

Will definitely recommend visiting this property .
Written September 1, 2018
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Paradise740170
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Attended a reception here and the house is very cool! Recommend for smaller groups as there is not a lot of space and the rooms are broken up. The caterer, Bennett-Curtis was really good and set up the stations well that we didn’t feel crowded. Their staff was extremely friendly. Food was great and Bloody Mary bar- awesome! Would recommend for a shower or small reception. It’s right on the river and the setting is perfect for an unique location for the event!
Written November 28, 2017
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Patrick M
Buffalo, United States38 contributions
Friends
One of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's most important designs. This house is very interesting as it was designed by Wright as he was perfecting his prairie style. Lovingly restored on a beautiful and spacious riverfront site. Well worth the drive from Chicago. The living room has a large bay window with incredible art glass of Wright's design, breathtaking!
Written November 18, 2016
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turtlecottage
Chicago, IL5 contributions
Family
We came late in the day but Laura still gave us the tour. We had a wonderful time. She answered every question we could throw at her. It was very interesting. The house was gorgeous of course but Laura made the tour special. If you're interested in the history of one of FLW's home, this will be a treat. Ask about the ghosts!
Written June 13, 2016
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regalpat
Chicago, IL19 contributions
Couples
We visited the Bradley house and took a one hour tour. The docent was very knowledgeable and the tour was very worthwhile. The house is beautifully restored and one of the most beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright homes we have visited.We learned the home was built in 1900 and is the first prairie style home that Wright designed. There is also a Wright home next door but it is not open to the public. Would recommend a visit. The gift shop has some nice items for purchase.
Written August 1, 2014
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