-Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects as the “greatest American architect of all time.” He was the founder of the Prairie School of Architecture, regarded by some as the first wholly “American” architectural style. His “organic” designs influenced the most prominent architects of the 20th-century and can best be seen in his 1935 master work Fallingwater, in Bear Run, Pennsylvania.
There are 532 Wright designs that have been built and are still standing around the world. To own any one of them would be a unique point of pride for any architecture or historic home aficionado. But this one is something special. Called by some experts “the house that changed the face of American architecture,” the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, Illinois is thought to be the FIRST of Wright’s Praire-style houses. Built in 1900, the 6000 square foot Bradley House has been restored to Wright’s original vision over the last four years by owners Gaines & Sharon Hall.
Now, it’s time for them to move on to other projects – the house has just gone on the market. The Halls hope for a public, nonprofit buyer, but they will sell privately if no public buyer is found. They do not have a specific timetable for a sale, and are willing to work with a public group on financing. They would love to see Wright’s design, and their work in restoring it, permanently open to the public.
The 7 bedroom, 4 bath house sits on an acre lot with 360′ of Kankakee River frontage. The house is in the Riverview Historic District, and about an hour from downtown Chicago. The Bradley house is listed by Berry “Start Packin’, Call McCracken” McCracken of Rosenboom Realty and offered at $1,982,982. For more information, check out the listing on Historic Homes Marketplace.
The Bradley House is not the only current Wright home for sale. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy runs the Save Wright website, which includes an extensive set of Wright links, a map of all existing Wright designs, news stories, and lists of upcoming events. They also list all of the Wright designs that are currently for sale. Not including the Bradley House (which has not been listed yet), there are 19 for sale. They range in price from $7.7 Million for the Millard House in Pasadena, CA, to a more economical $975,000 for the 1952 Lindholm residence in Cloquet, Minnesota.