Sunday, April 22, 2012

Aloha to Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago Suburb

We have a winner from last week's posts of the Sanfilippo Collection - Lysette wins a book choice from my convention stash.

Following the tour of the Sanfilippo Estate, we lunched at a nearby bistro.  One section of the dining room was built into a vintage railroad car, paying homage to Chicago's history.   With our tummy's full of delicious food, we drove to Oak Park,  a Chicago suburb famous for its houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.   Mahalo to Kate for organizing a knowledgeable guide for our walking tour.   

Wright's house and studio on Chicago Avenue

Here are decorative elements to Wright's house  .... 

... he must have liked pelicans! 

At the corner, we turned onto Forest for a
series of houses built (or modified) by Wright.

I can only imagine what these house would sell today ...

... with their association to Wright!

This was originally built in 1895 by Wright in
Tudor Revival for the Moore Family.  

After a 1922 fire, Wright rebuilt in the Tudor style,
adding "Sullivanesque, Mayan, and exotic" elements.

Theses windows are just gorgeous!

A challenging intersection!

I don't care for this design, but Wright
does have distinctive flare.

I don't know if this house was built by Wright,
but it adds charm to the historic street.

The guide referred to this house as "Italianate".

Wright built this house with a wing in the
direction of the street... 

... to block the view of the "row" houses.

 Do you have a favorite architecture you love or loathe?   I love Tudor ... especially in England!  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.   This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 28, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 29.


Kim in Hawaii 

This house sits across the street from
Wright's studio.  It is Americana!

Aprils' month long giveaway is CLEAN OUT MY CONVENTION STASH. I will select one US reader, one Canadian reader, and one International reader from all my blogs posts in April at SOS ALOHA, THE READING REVIEWER, and ALOHA ON MY MIND. The US winner can select up to 10 books (to fill up a small flat rate box) from my current convention stash to make room for new books coming from RT 2012. The Canadian and International readers can select one book, too! 

CLEAN OUT MY CONVENTION STASH is open through Monday, April 30, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Tuesday, May 1.


  1. Tudor is my favorite style, too. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Tried really hard not to drool. :-)

  2. Pics are pretty, I don't hAve anybfav

  3. OMG I love those houses the detail alone is magnificent. I adore the turdor style too but love love love Charles Rennie Mackintosh he is not only a architect he is a designer artist, & yes Scottish.
    Have a good one Ann/alba

  4. I used to love going to Oak Park and looking at his houses. We have a house where I live that is pattern after one of his houses.

  5. No real favorites. I liked all the houses you pictured. Falling Water by Wright is only a little more than an hour away and a house called Kentuck Knob - both extremely interesting.

  6. I like the ones you showed but my favorite house must have a porch

  7. Nice architecture. I like the Tudor style.

  8. I like the Tudor style, too and also admire the Victorian style.

  9. I love the pics Kim, for me not really a specific one but I do love one that shows alot of elegance.

  10. I like tudor style too. And I love to go on walking tours to look at distinctive houses like you did. How fun!

  11. I really like Gothic Victorian. Big surprise there knowing me, right? lol

  12. I also like the Tudor style and the Victorian style. Falling Water is too modern and not one of my favorites.

  13. I don't like ultra-modernistic architecture, but everything else is fine with me. I'm pretty easy to please. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  14. I love the pics. My favorite is the big Victorian with their wrap around porches and turret rooms. Thanks for bringing us on the tour with you through your pictures Kim.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  15. Beautiful pictures. I cant say that ive ever payed attention to architect. I just like houses that catch my attention. Ive found over the years that i love the red brick house, with wrap around pouches, and ivy growing on the house. We have a house here thats gorgeous!