UnReal Estate of the Week: Frank Lloyd Wright Houses

Frank Lloyd Wright designed nearly 300 residential homes in his lifetime, and a handful of them are currently on the market! In honor of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday today, we’re featuring five homes designed by the great architect. Each home reflects an architectural style he made famous, from “Prairie,” to textile-block, to the organic style exemplified in Fallingwater and Taliesin West.

The Winslow House – 1894

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Address: 515 Auvergne Pl
City: River Forest, IL
Price: $1,850,000
Listed by: Pamela Tilton, Jameson Sotheby’s Intl Realty

The Winslow House was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project as an independent architect, after leaving the Louis Sullivan architectural firm when he was 26. It was his first attempt at redesigning the typical American home, and features many design elements that are now iconic of the architect, including a roof that is wide and low with sharp angles, art glass windows, intricate woodwork and rounded doorways. The home was built in 1894 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

The Frank B. Henderson Home – 1905

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Address: 301 S Kenilworth Ave
City: Elmhurst, IL
Price: $1,197,000
Listed by: Ron Ehlers, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Frank Lloyd Wright began to develop his “Prairie” style around 1901. This home in Elmhurst was built in 1905 and exemplifies the style, with large overhangs underneath the roof, an open floor plan, custom woodwork and art glass windows. The house has had 10 owners since it was built, and most have taken care to modernize it without changing the design too significantly. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, which will protect the exterior from major remodels.

The Millard House/La Miniatura – 1923

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Address: 645 Prospect
City: Pasadena, CA
Price: $3,995,000
Listed by: Crosby Doe, Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.

In the 1920’s Wright grew tired of the Prairie design and wanted to try something new. He began designing homes in California using precast concrete textile-blocks, which were viewed as cheap and unattractive at the time, presenting a fun challenge for Wright. This home, known as the Millard House, was designed in 1923 and was the first of four homes that Wright constructed using the concrete blocks. The current owner has carefully restored the home, and it has been nominated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The John Storer Residence – 1923

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Address: 8161 Hollywood
City: Los Angeles, CA
Price: $6,900,000
Listed by: Crosby Doe, Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.

This home, known as the John Storer residence, is another of Wright’s textile-block houses. The home sits on a hillside, so Wright used many levels of terraces to make it blend in with the environment, as well as tall windows to bring the outside in. The lush foliage that now surrounds the home gives it the look of an abandoned Mayan temple. The home is considered one of Wright’s great masterpieces, and can be yours for $6.9 million.

Socrates Zaferiou House – 1956

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Address: 48 Clausland Mountain Rd
City: Orangetown, NY
Price: $795,000
Listed by: Ellis Sotheby’s Intl Realty

Around 1936 Wright turned his attention from concrete blocks to Usonian designs, which is a word he used to refer to his vision for the landscape of the United States, including the planning of cities and the architecture of buildings. Usonian-style homes are generally single story, L-shaped, with an open floor plan, big windows and a flat roof with overhangs. Wright designed 11 prefab homes to be built in this style, including this home, known as the Socrates Zaferiou House. It has only had one owner since it was built in 1956, and they’ve kept it in excellent condition, even decorating it with period furniture.

There are more homes on the market designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, his son, Lloyd Wright, and their students and contemporaries. Be sure to check out the Frank Lloyd Wright” Redfin Collection, and let us know which one is your favorite via Facebook, Twitter, G+ or in the comments below.

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