This is my last post about Open House Chicago which I attended a few weekends ago. If you’ve been following along, you know that this one is going to be about the home and studio of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. I was the most excited about visiting this space because I studied a little bit about him in my interior design classes.
He was a modern architect who wanted to steer away from European style architecture and build a distinct style for America. This style was known as the Prairie style. His home and studio in Oak Park is considered to be his first architectural masterpiece.
This style emphasized homes with low, pitched roofs and long rows of casement windows which were made with local materials. The wood was always unstained and unpainted to focus attention on natural beauty.
Unfortunately, on this tour, we were not allowed to take photographs of the inside but I did manage to take some of the outside! Those stairs come out of his house and that part of the building to the left is his studio. I thought that his studio was really well designed. I liked it more than the house. It was open and had a lot of natural lighting coming through. (I really wish I could have shown you!)
After touring the house and studio, I took a stroll in the neighborhood and spotted some more of his designed houses as Oak Park has the largest number of homes designed by him! These were not part of the tour so I will have to come back and check them out!