Two iconic Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Michigan have gone on the market for $4.5 million in the first-ever dual listing of its kind.
By Mackenzie Tatanani for Dailymail.Com
18:08 01 October 2023, updated 18:13 01 October 2023
- The historic Pratt and Epstein homes were built in 1951 and 1953, respectively
- It is the work of the influential American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who also designed the Guggenheim Museum
Two Michigan homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright — widely considered the greatest American architect of all time — have gone up for sale under one listing for $4.5 million.
This listing is the first of its kind, as never before have two adjacent Wright-designed homes been offered together in one sale.
The Epstein House and Pratt House, located at 11090 and 11036 Hawthorne Dr. in Galesburg, were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1948.
Both homes feature Wright’s trademark red floors, expansive windows, and wood built-ins.
They are part of “The Acres,” a 70-acre community that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
Called the Usonian Houses, they embody Wright’s concept of simple, elegant housing designed for middle-class families.
Both houses retained their original size, or building footprint, unlike most other homes designed by the architect.
“These homes are historic works of art,” the listing says.
“It embodies Wright’s signature design principles, seamlessly blending nature, form and function.”
The light-filled Eppstein House dates back to 1953. Its low ceilings and expansive windows were designed to seamlessly blend the living space with nature.
The 10-foot floor-to-ceiling glass facade opens to a terrace overlooking a flourishing meadow. Two other balconies surround the house.
The interior design includes two living spaces, each with a fireplace and built-in furniture designed by the same architect.
There are three large bedrooms within the external enclosure built on the ground. Outside, the concrete and mahogany details have been carefully restored.
The two houses are connected by pastures.
Built in 1951, The Pratt House features an open floor plan and a restored mahogany exterior.
The 2,200-square-foot home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms all on one level.
Features a library and larger entertaining space with 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace.
Similar to the house next door, expansive windows and glass doors blur the lines between indoor and outdoor space.
Adjacent to the main residence is a large office that once served as a pottery studio.
In 1947, researchers at the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company in Kalamazoo were looking to settle in a modern community with affordable homes.
The Epstein and Pratt Residences are named after their original owners—Samuel and Dorothy Epstein and Eric and Patricia Pratt—who built under Wright’s supervision.
Dorothy Epstein died in 2010. After earning a chemistry degree from Michigan State University, she became a research secretary at Upjohn before volunteering for the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots in 1943.
She and Samuel, a research scientist, built their house from scratch, with Dorothy laying concrete blocks while pregnant.
Eric Pratt died in 2011, while Patricia died in 2019. The couple met while attending Kalamazoo College.
They raised four children in their home on The Acres.
In 2021, Marika Brueri and her husband, Toni Hilebrandt – a Dutch couple currently living in Toronto – completed an extensive restoration of the property.
The couple was originally looking for a weekend getaway when they found Epstein’s house and began restoration work after purchasing it in 2016.
They took over the house next door as soon as it was put up for sale and completed all the restoration work in five years.
“Both homes embody the timeless elegance of Wright’s vision, with every detail carefully designed to create an atmosphere of serenity and beauty,” the listing read.
“There are endless possibilities – a private residence, a multi-generational complex, or an unparalleled investment opportunity.”
The property is conveniently located halfway between Detroit and Chicago.
Broker Fred Taber, of Jaqua Realtors in Portage, is the listing agent along with Victoria Krause Schutte of @properties Christie’s International Real Estate in Oak Park.
Wright is often credited as one of the greatest American architects of all time. He died in 1959 at the age of 91.
His portfolio includes 1,100 designs and more than 500 projects.
Eight of Wright’s buildings have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as cultural sites, and more than one-third of the remaining Wright buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places or are in a National Historic District.
One of his most famous creations is the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, which opened in 1959 as a structure “of enormous dignity and exquisite beauty,” as Wright put it.
Another important property is the architect’s winter home, Talesian West in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Tucked away in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, this building is now the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Taliesin School of Architecture.
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