Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Home and Studio

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park

On a recent visit to Oak Park, the leafy suburb just outside Chicago, I took a guided tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright home, built in 1889 with several expansions and renovations over the years, including the connected studio in 1898.

The Shingle style home is reminiscent of Northeastern domestic architecture. It is set back from Chicago Ave., and the studio is partially hidden by a tree:

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This large window let tons of daylight into Wright’s original architecture studio. As his family grew, he converted the room into two bedrooms for his children and built the studio next door in an ongoing architectural experiment that lasted about 20 years:

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park

A stenciled wall panel is emblematic of Wright’s emphasis on bringing artistic elements into the home:

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park

A gorgeously ornate skylight in the children’s playroom:

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park

A mural on the main wall of the playroom depicts the story of the Fisherman and the Genie from The Arabian Nights, designed by Wright and executed by Charles Corwin:

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park

Above the dining room table, a decorative panel set into the ceiling:

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park

Wright’s friend and collaborator Richard Bock designed these capitals outside the studio, featuring the stork, tree of life, book of knowledge, and an architectural scroll:

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park

This stained glass panel set into the ceiling in the studio’s waiting room was designed to impress potential clients and also served as a kind of self-promotional piece for the architect, visually summarizing many of his recurring geometric motifs:

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park

Spanning two stories, the octagonal drafting room is the heart of the studio, an awe-inspiring interior whose every detail shows a precise and singular architectural vision:

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park

Being a hopeless design nerd, I felt like I had entered a sacred space when the tour walked into the studio. In fact, our whole group was silent. Isn’t it amazing that design can have that kind of power? This whole experience was overwhelming, visually and philosophically, since it afforded a peek into the life Wright had created for himself, his family and his employees.

Oak Park should is a must-see when visiting Chicago! More Wright: Westcott House in Springfield, OH, The Rookery in Chicago, and his other projects in Oak Park.

4 thoughts on “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Home and Studio

  1. Thank you for this. It is a tragic fact that I will likely never get to visit, so any insider info is awesome. I might however make it to his sites here in AZ

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