Unusual Frank Lloyd Wright House for Sale

frank lloyd wrightIconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright is most readily identified with his organic style of architecture, typified by his famous Fallingwater in southwestern Pennsylvania. But the George Furbeck House, now for sale in Oak Park, Ill., while not immediately recognizable as a Wright, represents a transitional period that points toward the architect's later Prairie Style. Mark Boyer of Curbed fills in the details. And check out the gallery below for interior photos.


Frank Lloyd Wright
's George Furbeck House in Oak Park came back on the market last week. But wait: That doesn't look like a Wright! Look a bit closer. The 3,000-square-foot home was built in 1897, during FLW's "experimental and transitional phase," per The Frank Lloyd Wright Tour blog, and it does feature some key Prairie Style elements that Wright would later expand upon. Chicago stockbroker Warren Furbeck commissioned this home and the Rollin Furbeck House, which is just a few blocks away, and gave them to his two sons as wedding gifts (much better than a microwave). An enclosed front porch was added and the third-floor dormer was expanded in 1920. According to the listing, the woodwork, windows, fireplaces and staircases are all original, and the kitchen and baths haven't been updated since the '50s. That pastel color palette in the living room looks like a holdover from the '50s, too. The home was originally listed for $1.1 million last spring, and it was later reduced to $799,000.


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Latoya Rutledge

Seller financing can be a great way to get a house sold without slashing the price. By recognizing the millions of people who can't get traditional financing as potential buyers, resourceful property sellers (and their real estate agents) can minimize their time investment in getting a property sold. Even better, sellers who offer financing can usually get a higher asking price for their property, even in the slowest markets. Clearly this is a win-win situation. www.cash4cashflow.com/jhansbury

April 24 2011 at 9:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Latoya Rutledge

Seller financing can be a great way to get a house sold without slashing the price. By recognizing the millions of people who can't get traditional financing as potential buyers, resourceful property sellers (and their real estate agents) can minimize their time investment in getting a property sold. Even better, sellers who offer financing can usually get a higher asking price for their property, even in the slowest markets. Clearly this is a win-win situation.
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April 22 2011 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mommyfortwo

Seeing this house, I'm reminded that function must always take precedence over form. The houses of today might be totally lacking in architectural interest on the exterior, but they live so much more comfortably on the inside (spacious kitchens, gracious family rooms, walk-in closets, etc.). Give me cookie-cutter subdivisions that made the 4 BR, 2.5 BA house affordable for the masses!

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April 22 2011 at 1:44 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Cindy

As soon as I saw that "cheezy" front porch, I knew that this Wright house had been adulterated. And then I saw the photos.......... I have to say that the two dining areas and the stairway still retain the original Wright style but............. the colors used in the living room and especially that nasty blue bathroom with the wallpapered ceiling............. makes my eyes hurt ! ! !

April 22 2011 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
debusiness4lou

Maybe they meant Frank Lloyd WRONG.

April 22 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
stac6320

This is what I hate about F L Wright. Everyone revire him as the "God of Architecture"! That may be in commerical properties such as office design. As far as residential design he is HORRIBLE! I have 38 years of experience as a Residential designer and Franks stuff does not work. There is no practicallity, and if he were designing today, his designs would not pass the National building code! He must have been smoking something back in the day! Hahah!

April 22 2011 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Cindy

stac6320......On an aesthetic level, Wright's Prairie style houses are a joy to look at. But you are right, his houses are not practical in that, there are no closets or storage areas in his houses. The only thing that you could have in the house, is what you see displayed.....and no stored "stuff".

April 22 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Sensible

Unusual Frank Lloyd Wright House? Have you ever seen one that's Not unusual? They're all strange. A friend of mine owned one in Oak Park and it definitely had a lot of strange places in it. Not family friendly. They moved after 18 months.

April 22 2011 at 12:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tenaclark

As an old friend used to say............."strange, but weird."

April 22 2011 at 11:21 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
switzarch

Interesting house; need more pictures, especially of the exterior. Yes, interior colours need to be changed, more cremes and off whites to accentuate the woodwork. More info on the lot size and so on would also help. Also, number of bedrooms and so on.

April 22 2011 at 8:33 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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gtascode

$800K for a small home on an approximate quarter-acre lot? There's more interest in Chicago real estate than I would have imagined, or they're really banking on the Wright name. Here's the link. Five small (think "office-sized") bedrooms, three baths.

http://www.rubloff.com/property/oak_park/07778803.cfm?searchId=40905d71-a913-48d3-8cd4-9fe1516839b9&page=1&pageSize=20&sortType=1

April 22 2011 at 12:56 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply