| May 8, 2012 |
Frank Lloyd Wright tour of homes kicks off 38th year
Boh staff
By Staff

The 38th Annual Wright Plus Housewalk will offer an insider's look into nine private residences and three landmark buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on Saturday, June 2.

The Martin house

The Wright Plus housewalk features nine private homes, three designed by Wright, and three public buildings designed by Wright. The William G. Fricke House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1901) is an early, rare three-story Prairie example with remarkable art glass and the Oscar B. Balch House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1911) is a notable transitional example with a unique overlook and thoughtful restorations. The William E. Martin House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1903) is a stunning, family-friendly Prairie home featuring original murals and a lovely water garden. The three public buildings designed by Wright-Unity Temple, Robie House and Wright's Home and Studio-are National Historic Landmarks. 

The Balch house

The George Sharp House (Architect Unknown, 1873) is one of Oak Park's oldest residences showcasing stunning original woodwork. The John T. Price House (E.E. Roberts, 1904) is a spectacular updated Queen Anne with an exceptional addition. The Vernon Skiff House (Nimmons & Fellows, 1909) is a restrained elegance in an eclectic design suggesting the Prairie School, and the Charles Schwerin House (E. E. Roberts, 1908) is a beautifully restored classic design highlighting gorgeous craftsmanship and art glass. The two John Van Bergen Houses, Philip Griess House (1914) and Robert Erskine House (1913), are charming variations of Wright's famous fireproof Prairie houses.

The Robie house

Along with the housewalk tour, the Preservation Trust also offers the Ultimate Plus Weekend, an exclusive four-day weekend of events Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3. As part of the Ultimate Plus Weekend guests will enjoy an elegant reception at the beautiful 1905 Wright-designed lobby of The Rookery Building in downtown Chicago on Thursday and a Friday Excursion to Wright-designed buildings in Chicago's exclusive North Shore. Guests will enjoy the housewalk, a private luncheon and lecture and Exclusively Wright Dinners on Saturday, and a Behind-the-scenes Tour of Wright's Frederick C. Robie House on Sunday. The invitation-only Chairman's Reception kicks off the Ultimate Plus experience Thursday, May 31 at The Rookery Building, a historic Burnham and Root structure in downtown Chicago. The Rookery is noted as one of the original skyscrapers and showcases a beautiful 1905 Wright-designed lobby. Mingle with fellow Ultimate Plus guests and VIPs while exploring this grand building and perusing the silent auction. The Friday Excursion, Private Passage to Wright's North Shore, is day trip featuring tours of privately owned Wright-designed homes. The trip includes a visit to the private Charles F. Glore House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1951), nestled on over an acre of wooded property, and the much earlier Prairie style Emil Bach House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1915) that serves as an artistic gem and a Chicago landmark. This is a triumphant design for a small, urban dwelling. Travelers will lunch overlooking Lake Michigan at the private Michigan Shores Club, which was designed by Daniel H. Burnham.

Tickets are $85 for Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust members and $100 for non-members. The Wright Plus housewalk and weekend events support the preservation, restoration and education programs of the Preservation Trust.

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