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“Another beautiful F.L.W.”

B. Harley Bradley House
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Having been to so many of his homes nationwide I can say that this early example of his architecture shows so much of the ideas that were developing in Wright's mind in the time period of its development. Try to check out the calender of events before making a visit and enjoy the river view.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Overlooking the Kankakee River, this 1900 house is in a well landscaped old neighborhood, easily accessible with unhurried tours. Good investments in refurb and low key improvements. Interesting blend of Wright's characteristic features with late Victorian floor plan. Nice roomy gift shop and local docents very "into" their subject in a non-snooty way. The most welcoming Wright home thus far. Stairs are for the physically fit.

1  Thank James S
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

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.

3  Thank PamR
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Refurbished true to Frank Lloyd Wright's origina vision for this home. Great for those interested in Wright's work or architecture in general.

1  Thank wennmac
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

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.

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