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Review of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Oak Park
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Owner description: The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio served as Wright's private residence and workplace from 1889 to 1909--the first 20 years of his career. Here Wright developed a new American architecture: the Prairie style. Trained interpreters offer insights into Wright's family life and architectural career. Enjoy guided tours of the museum complex and neighboring historic district seven days a week. Tour details are available on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust website.
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A must-do for Chicago!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

The trip to this house was one of the highlights of our brief stay in Chicago. If you are at all interested in this influential American architect you must go! It is the house where he first started to develop his ideas, and is accordingly less flashy and technically daring than some of his later creations. It uses influences from the Arts and Crafts movement, and (we thought) Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He experimented with ventilation and concealed lighting - all this while living with his family in the house for twenty years or so. Part of the building became his design studio and showroom, and here he tried other ideas.
The visit is by way of a guided tour lasting about an hour, conducted (in our case) by a charming and well informed volunteer lady. The tour group is not too big, and there is time for questions and discussion.
Access from central Chicago is easy - go westward on the CTA green line to Harlem/Lake - the end of the line. From here walk to the house - 10 to 15 minutes along shady streets of splendid houses - some of them designed by FLR as well. It's not signposted, so printing out a local streetmap from Google before you go is recommended.
The train trip is interesting in itself - you progress from the glitter of downtown Chicago, through run-down industrial areas, to sad looking suburbs, and at last into upmarket suburbs and urban villages. The American city experience in one.
The station is in the pleasant suburb of Oak Park, and there are several cafes and traditional diners for lunch should you want it.

Visited September 2012
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Okemos, Michigan
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“House is worth a tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

Hour long tour of house and studio is a perfect amount of time to really see the place. It is well worth the time and money. We went early in the day which is a great time to visit.

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New York City, New York
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“Beautiful home”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

The house is beautifully maintained and somehow still pulsates with the architect's energy. The tour wasn't terribly informative beyond the average facts, but our guide was passionate about Frank Lloyd Wright and was eager for us to ask questions and look around. The house tells enough story without the added bonus of a guide. Although we didn't take the guided neighborhood walking tour, we walked around ourselves and were amazed by the beautiful houses in the neighborhood, some built by Wright.

Visited September 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

The guides are very informative. There is a lot of original furniture. It shows his evolution over his career.

Visited June 2012
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London UK
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“Great tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Locked the tour here, they have worked hard to restore the house back to what it was like when frank Lloyd wright lived here. Shame the guides are not more open about his series of relationships , some he married and some not.
As a genius he does sound like a very nice person mind a complete control freak
Great visit , if this is your thing make the effort

Visited October 2012
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