Frnak Lloyd Wright Fireproof House

The La Grange Historical Society will be giving a Frank Lloyd Wright walking tour on Sunday, May 21st 2017.

The tour will walk past four homes in the village of La Grange designed by Wright between 1892 and 1907.

Wright’s Bootleg Homes

This unique tour will feature two of Wright’s earliest bootleg homes.  These homes were built during his while he was working for Adler and Sullivan. The featured bootleg homes include The Robert G. Emmond house (1892) as well as the W. Irving Clark House (1893).

The tour also stops as the Peter Goan residence from 1893.  This more traditional home appears much closer in style to an American foursquare rather than something one would consider as a traditional prairie style Wright design.

Prairie Style Architecture

The final stop on the tour is the Stephen B. Hunt home.  The Hunt home’s floor plan was published in the April 1907 edition of the Ladies Home Journal.   The original design called for concrete walls, earning it the name the “fireproof house”.  At the time it had an estimated price tag of $5,000. The home features the classic prairie school lines and architectural detail synonymous with Wright’s designs around the turn of the century.


Tickets for the tour are available from the La Grange Area Historical Society here. The cost is $10 for La Grange Area Historical Society members and $15 for non-members.  Spaces are limited so reserve your place now on the LGAHS website.

The tour will be held rain or shine and the walk is about 1 mile, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.