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Frank Lloyd Home

As we continue in our Frank Lloyd Wright mini-series (*grin*), the above photo is his actual family home.  Approaching the outside there is an immediate sense of what FLW must have felt as he walked up to this beautiful home after a stroll nearby.  At the time he lived in this home (1889-1909) there were tall, prairie grassy areas across the street.  This is no longer the case, as houses and roads are now the view, but looking at his home you can feel what it must have been like to approach this wonderful structure.

In the next few posts we will explore more of the inside of not only his home, but the space attached to the home which was also his studio.  I must tell you that you are in for a few surprises when you see what little ‘tricks’ Mr. Wright utilized in his private home to make things exactly the way he wanted them to be.

Let’s take a look at the little alcove once you enter his home:

Frank Lloyd Wright Home Entrance

This is such a unique space with which to greet guests.  There was no actual chimney used in this ‘fireplace’ setting.  Frank Lloyd Wright used a mirror above the, “Truth is Life” words, creating a bit of an optical illusion.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home Living Room

The photo above is showing another angle with a bit of the fireplace alcove area (where you see the green fabric on the chair).

Frank Lloyd Wright Home Seating Entrance

Now if we turn around and look towards the windows, this is what we see in the same entrance room (living room, you get the idea)!

As we meander through the house in the next few posts, I think you will most definitely get a real sense of how the Wright family lived in this very unique, Prairie Style home!  Keep in mind this house was built more than 100 years ago! For its time, this was literally (and figuratively!) ground-breaking architecture.  While others architects were keeping with the Victorian style with varied and numerous pieces of decor, Frank Lloyd Wright streamlined his surroundings.  The colors of the Prairie Style represent nature:  grass, trees, brush, wheat, with its earth-tones of green, orange, yellow, and brown.  Don’t you just want to go and sit on the green seats? I sure did (I mean, I wanted to but of course it isn’t allowed).

Please stay tuned for upcoming posts where we explore the entire home of this visionary architect!

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28 thoughts on “Frank Lloyd Wright Series: Family Home (Oak Park)

  1. John says:

    Inside and out this place looks very modern. Amazing man.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Incredible, isn’t it, John? Cher xo

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      1. John says:

        Indeed, he was like The Beatles – far ahead of their time in their chosen craft.

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        That is a very good comparison, John! I like it! Cher xo

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      3. John says:

        So you are on the radio in BC tomorrow? I bookmarked the page, should be on at 10AM local here.

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Hi John! Yes, it will actually be 6:10 a.m. Vancouver time, and 8:10 a.m. Central Time! Thank you, John! Cher xo

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      5. John says:

        I see, my time calculation was off.

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        That’s okay, John! 🙂 I will be posting the link to the interview here afterwards!

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      7. John says:

        OK, I noted on the station’s website they have podcasts you can tune in to.

        This is what has killed international broadcast stations like Radio Canada International and other big time shortwave stations.

        RCI shut down it’s Sackville, NB transmitters about three or four years ago. Ottawa saw a chance to save several million dollars per year by replacing the SW service with all internet service.

        That’s a real shame as shortwave signals can always punch through. Internet service is never so solid and reliable but I do get the dollars and cents of it.

        But for an old time shortwave radio and Ham Radio operator like me, it’s an unfortunate thing.

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      8. seaangel4444 says:

        I understand what you are saying, John. I remember years ago when the Canadian radio stations were required to ‘turn their signals down’ at night. This meant we could pick up all kinds of stations from the US, even as far as Texas! For me, this was quite thrilling! Cher xo

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      9. John says:

        I remember this. I bet if you turn on your AM radio tonight and tune to 760AM, you’ll hear WJR out of Detroit just fine. They are one of those Clear Channel stations which transmit at 50,000 watts around the clock and can be heard over much of the eastern US at night.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WJR

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      10. seaangel4444 says:

        That is very cool indeed, John! Thanks for the link as well! Cher xo

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  2. blondieaka says:

    A man ahead of his times..lovely clean lines..I love his architecture 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      I agree my dear! I love his work! Cher xo

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  3. Wow what a great post! I love the outside, the walkway and the entry! amazing!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you, Lynn! Wait until you see the rest of the house!! Cher xo

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  4. D. Parker says:

    Gorgeous Cher (like you). I would spend way too much time on those window seats with many, many books. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this…I’ll share it some more (except on T witter, I’m locked out and they don’t seem to be in a hurry to fix it, oh well). 😉
    Hope this week treats you kindly. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Well good morning my dear Donna! I would too! Just like a cat in the sun! Awh, bless; thank you so much, Donna! Oh dear! I hope they can fix it for you soon!! And to you as well; thank you my dear! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  5. Helen Jones says:

    I am in love with all of this, Cher – can’t wait to see more. I want that little fireplace nook in my own home. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      I feel the same way, Helen! Come to Chicago and I will personally take you there!! Cher xo

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      1. Helen Jones says:

        Wow Cher, I would love to! One day I hope I can take you up on that invitation xx

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        It would be my pleasure! Cher xo

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  6. Pretty soon you will need to travel to travel to Minnesota to the prairie and see Winona and Owatonna, to see prairie architecture in a different setting. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      That is so true, James, I shall have to do that! Thank you, kind sir! Cher xo

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  7. He had no regard for comfort. Those bench seats with the straight back are the most uncomfortable things in the world. They are common on boats and in RVs, so I speak from experience.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      He really didn’t, did he? But it looked terrific and I think that was his focus, don’t you agree my dear? Cher xo

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