One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s oldest listings for homes – and it’s already been reduced in price twice
For fans of American architecture, perhaps the only thing more exciting than a Frank Lloyd Wright home hitting the market is a listed Frank Lloyd Wright home getting a price cut. As relatively rare items with only a select number in existence, the latter scenario doesn’t happen very often – in fact, Wright estates usually sell for more than their asking price. However, today is a lucky day: one of the visionary’s earliest works went on sale in December, and its price has already been reduced twice.
According to the chicago Tribune, The home was originally listed at $770,000 and later dropped to $629,900. Now its price reaches 595 thousand dollars. According to the local outlet, the increasingly low price is a result of the home’s dilapidated condition, and its future owner will need to be prepared to renovate much of the interior. “The interior needs work, but it has high ceilings, spacious rooms, and nice room-to-room service,” listing agent Katherine Cannon told the newspaper.
Located in Oak Park, Illinois, the two-story shingle-style house, known as the George W. Smith House, is one of Wright’s earlier masterpieces, designed in 1895 and predating his Prairie-style property. Featuring high-pitched, double-pitched roofs and a shingled exterior, this unique property reflects Wright’s early experience and differs markedly from later works that often focused on horizontal space and made use of flat roofs. According to the serious matter, The house has been in the same family for 60 years.
Built in 1898, the property wasn’t built until four years after Wright designed it. Originally conceived as a series of low-cost homes created for engineer and inventor Charles E. Roberts, an early patron of Wright’s work, the house’s eventual owner and namesake, George W. Smith, was a salesman for Marshall Field & Company. Inside, the home features 10-foot ceilings on the first floor, three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, a sunroom, a wooden staircase, and a fireplace.
Although Wright’s hand alone makes the house unique, for any loyal follower of the American architect, its location in Oak Park is certainly exciting as well. The Chicago suburb has the largest concentration of Prairie-style homes and is, in many ways, a walking, living museum of many of Wright’s early residential projects (Wright even lived there for 20 years). Although the interior will require work, thanks to the property’s location within the Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District, its exterior is protected and cannot be demolished.