On Sunday, May 19th the La Grange Area Historical Society will be hosting it’s annual What’s Wright in La Grange walking tour. Check their website to register for this year’s walk. This is your chance to see several of the American architect’s work up close. You can buy tickets to the Wright Tour here.
Frank Lloyd Wright is of course considered one of American’s most famous architects. Two of the houses on the tour are from Wright’s time working for Louis Sullivan during the 1890s. Both the Emmond House and the Clark House are early works by Wright that look more Victorian than the prairie style you may associate with Wright’s more well-known designs.
As you walk by the Hunt house you’ll admire one of Wright’s more classic designs based on his fireproof house design. The straight lines and overhanging cantilevered eves of the hunt house are classic Wright.
What To Expect on the Wright Walking Tour
The tour typically starts with a short presentation at the La Grange Are Historical society to introduce you to Wright and his local connections to the village of La Grange. After the brief presentation, you’ll be ready to hit the streets and see the homes.
Wear walking shoes. It might seem obvious, but you’ll need them. The tour will take you base about 4 homes and usually takes about an hour or hour and a half. During the tour, the guide will make several stops to point out additional homes of interest.
At each Wright home, you’ll make a short stop in front of the home and be able to view the houses from the sidewalk. Your guide will, of course, provide additional information at each stop and answer any questions you may have wright or his influence on American architecture.
There won’t be any access to restrooms during the walking portion of the tour, so prepare accordingly.