Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House

Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House

Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesArchitectural Buildings
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The Westcott House was built in 1908 for Burton J. And Orpha L. Westcott. The Westcott property is the only Prairie style house designed by Wright in the state of Ohio. The grounds include the main house and a garage with pony stable connected by an extensive pergola. In 1946, due to the housing crisis following World War II, the house was divided into multiple apartments. The house no longer reflected the vision of its architect. The original furniture and most of the original light fixtures and other details were removed from the house. Lack of resources led to an extreme deterioration of the structure. The house has recently undergone a multi-million restoration. Each of its features - from art glass to original hardware and hand-decorated encaustic walls to massive urns - has been returned to its 1908 appearance. Furniture has been rebuilt according to Wright's specifications and gardens re-landscaped in keeping with the time. The house is now managed by a non-profit organization.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Kath C
    Naperville, Illinois25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this one!
    A lovely restored Frank Lloyd Wright with a really good tour by Kate. This house has been lovingly brought back to life. I'm really glad we were able to add this one to our road trip on the way to PA.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • travelfam71
    Silver Spring, Maryland3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Looong tour!
    The house is stunning and it was a real treat to see this lovingly restored gem. the tour, however, seemed interminable! So many stories about past visitors, when what we really wanted was to see the house!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Erica D
    Salt Lake City, Utah340 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience in Springfield
    This house is a treasure. I'm not even a huge Wright fan, but this house is gorgeous and the guides are engaged and knowledgeable. Ask them any questions! Don't miss the video on the restoration of the house and all of the time and work that went into it. Visit the gardens if you can.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 7, 2023
  • MicWM
    Nashville, Tennessee125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recently renovated!
    The city raised money to purchase and renovate the historic Frank Lloyd Wright building, Westcott family home that had also been used as an apartment for a period of time. It was my first time getting to tour a Wright home so I was very excited, and this did not disappoint! The docent was very knowledgeable and passionate about sharing all the details of the rich history of the home and neighborhood. It’s great that they were able to save this wonderful architecture from ruin to share and teach future generations.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 28, 2023
  • stofficer
    Galena, Ohio42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Prairie Home
    Excellently restored Frank LLoyd Wright designed home of the Wescott family. As all his homes it is a one of a kind home. This home is one of his 50 prairie style (organic) homes he painstakingly designed. Parking is right next to the house and the gift shop was well curated. Tour guide (Steve) was very good.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,996 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We've visited several Frank Lloyd Wright sites and visited this one as the pandemic restrictions started easing.

Wescott House is likely the high point in Springfield, Ohio, about halfway between Columbus and Dayton. The Wescott family made a fortune in agricultural implements and dabbled in making cars, and hired Frank Lloyd Wright to build this home for them. It fell into disrepair as the family's finances deteriorated, but has been lovingly restored.

It is now staffed by knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans. We toured the house with a guide who was actually an architect himself. Unlike other FLW houses, they freely allow photographs of the interiors.

Whether or not you might want to live in a house like this, you have to admire the craft and ingenuity, and the exterior is unmistakably his.

There is an excellent gift shop with all kinds of unique items.

The day we were there they sold out of tickets. It's easy to book ahead of time online and we'd recommend your doing so to avoid being disappointed. There is easy parking practically next to the building. There is also a kind of sad graveyard across the street - sad because many of the gravestones are badly damaged or missing.

We greatly enjoyed our time here and would highly recommend this site if you are anywhere nearby.
Written April 24, 2021
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Lee S
Lima, OH107 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Couples
This was our third visit to the Westcott House. The first since they added more reproduction furniture. Our tour was led by Rita, who is also the outgoing president of the board of directors. We were one of the first tours under the new restrictions which made the tour actually better as it is more intimate and thus less crowded. The new reproduction furniture adds much to the tour. Hopefully they will reach their fund raising goal soon for their new visitor center so they can restore the garage and bring the Westcott car home.
Written July 2, 2020
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Stacy M
Newburgh, NY29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Still basking in Wright’s brilliance. Wescott House has made us “Prairie Style” fans. Admittedly, my immediate family are “Wright Heads”, this tour does not disappoint. We also brought some family members who have not experienced a Frank Lloyd Wright house, we may have a new convert.

The tour- superb. Worth the ticket if you appreciate art, architecture, American talent, garden tours, history. The guide, Jim?, was entertaining, informed, patient and a FLW fan. Every time I go on one of these tours I am more in awe of Wright’s genius.
Written September 13, 2020
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Don
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We visited on a whim while in town for concert at Wittenberg University. I cannot say that I am knowledgeable about American architecture at all, but I learned a tremendous amount from this tour. The history of the Wescott family and subsequent history of the home itself is heartbreaking but an extraordinary redemption has been provided by the Westcott House Foundation through local funding by a dedicated group of Springfield preservationists and benefactors.

I strongly recommend a visit if you are interested in history. The story of this home, the family, and the community where it was built and now restored is extraordinary. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Tours are reasonably priced and you need to plan ahead as group sizes are necessarily limited. We got the last slots open on the chilly March weekend we visited.

Springfield has definitely seen more robust days but it is increasingly an exciting place to visit. Love the murals downtown and Wittenberg is beautiful. We stayed at the Marriott downtown, ate at Stella Bleu and Frittatas, and visited Winan's for chocolate and coffee. Friends ate at Mundy's and COhatch and visited Heritage Center of Clark County. We all met at Mother Stewarts Brewery one evening. There are multiple other places to stay, and nearby restaurants, bakeries, etc. Springfield has more to offer than I ever imagined and after living in Cincinnati for many years.
Written April 11, 2023
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Chichi
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is unique among the FLW homes I have visited in having skylights of leaded, colored glass, after Wright's design. I cannot remember whether our guide said the glass was original or had to be reproduced from Wright's drawings. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer questions.
Written September 11, 2022
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kmc11_11
Waynesburg, PA291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We often look for a Frank Lloyd Wright structure while traveling and came across this home while searching the internet. Not hard to find, street parking, with a nice little gift shop.

We made our tour reservations on-line for a 1 pm tour on Sunday. Tour was to be approx. 1:30, but lasted close to 2 hours. Our guide was a architect, so we were treated to a great deal of information and a professional perspective. A couple of the folks on our tour were also professionals so the questions and discussions were interesting to the remainder of us who were FLW fans.

We had a warm and sunny day, so it allowed us to see several "outside" perspectives on the house and the site.

It is amazing that this house has been saved after years of being an apartment building and neglect. The non-profit created to save the home has done a wonderful job of rebuilding.

Worth the visit.
Written July 31, 2022
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Adriana P
Pembroke Pines, FL880 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
It's a nice visit if you're into architecture and specifically FLW and his masterpieces. The house is kept in great condition and the tour guides are very knowledgeable, always willing to answer questions and provide more information on demand. I loved that I could take pictures inside unlike some other FLW homes I have visit.
My only critique is that the souvenir shop wasn't that well stocked; I would have loved to see more items specific to Westcott House as opposed to generic unrelated items
Written September 14, 2020
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Becky R
Upper Arlington, OH1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A wonderful way to spend a pleasant afternoon! Our guide shared many interesting details about the history of this home and FLW's life in general. There was plenty of time for pictures and questions. The tour included the building, grounds, and ended with the horse stalls. It lasted about 1.5 hours, but make sure to add time to browse the gift shop.
Written August 19, 2022
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MicWM
Nashville, TN125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
The city raised money to purchase and renovate the historic Frank Lloyd Wright building, Westcott family home that had also been used as an apartment for a period of time. It was my first time getting to tour a Wright home so I was very excited, and this did not disappoint! The docent was very knowledgeable and passionate about sharing all the details of the rich history of the home and neighborhood. It’s great that they were able to save this wonderful architecture from ruin to share and teach future generations.
Written December 29, 2023
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Ralph M
Findlay, OH122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The house, as could be seen in a video, was deteriorating badly when the foundation bought it, and spent $5.8 million and countless hours of volunteer time restoring it. The place is now beautiful, outside and inside. Not overly furnished, by a long shot, but then Wright never meant the house to be stuffed with furniture. You see the basic design of the place and a few of the pieces of furniture he designed for it, all very impressive. The tour and the story from the guide was great (the 3 pm tour that day, July 31, Saturday), very interesting.
Written August 1, 2021
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