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Historic Illinois Home Has Been Renovated Twice—Including Once by Frank Lloyd Wright

Around the corner from Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio in Oak Park, IL, a home he once remodeled recently landed on the market.

On the market for $1,495,000, it is known as the H.P. Young House and was built in 1869. Wright was hired in 1895 to update the Queen Anne Transitional and Prairie Style home.

The listing doesn’t elaborate on what kind of work was performed by the legendary architect, but his imprint is easy to see in the listing photos.

Set on a quarter-acre, the six-bedroom home spans 4,725 square feet and boasts “outstanding curb appeal.”

Key architectural features that are eye-catching from the curb include the porte-cochere, circular sunroom, and wide front porch.

The historic home last sold in 2010 for $1.05 million, and another round of renovations in 2012 brought it into the 21st century. The work was done by John Thorpe—an architect who also worked on a restoration of Wright’s home and studio.

Additions include a new kitchen with high-end appliances, a mudroom, as well as an extended family room featuring surround sound, hardwood flooring, automatic shades, and new windows. A new basement entry was also added, and cedar siding was installed on the back of the house.

Vintage highlights include a Roman-brick fireplace, stained-glass and lead-glass windows, banded oak ceilings, and a wide main staircase.

Main staircase in home in Oak Park, IL

Living room




Top floor

One of the bedrooms

One of the bathrooms

Another bathroom

Garage and custom oven

Working from home is a breeze, thanks to the light-filled office on the second floor. Serious crafters will enjoy the top floor’s sewing studio—which could also be used as an art studio, thanks to its beautiful light. A theater room sits just adjacent.

Alternatively, as the listing suggests, it could serve as living quarters for a nanny or be put to use as another home office. A woodshop in the basement is another perk of this home—will a Wright enthusiast be lured in? A two-car garage with additional loft storage is another perk.

In step with Wright’s designs, the home’s indoor-outdoor living angles include a rebuilt screened porch on the back of the house that opens to the yard where a bluestone patio, grilling area, garden beds, and custom oven for baking bread and pizza await.

Anne Ferri of Baird & Warner Oak Park/River Forest is handling the listing.

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