A tree decorated with Victorian-style ornaments with be in the Children’s Playroom at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio during holiday tours (photo courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright loved Christmas and celebrated it in very traditional ways with his six children in his home.
Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation and Trust will offer a full view of the holidays in the Wright household as youth volunteers lead tours and guide visitors through Wright’s Oak Park Home and Studio, meticulously decorated as it was when the Wright family lived there during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The free event, which is a holiday tradition at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, will take place 9-11 a.m., Saturdays, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, at 951 Chicago Avenue.
Visitors will hear stories of the Wright children pulling taffy in the kitchen and spying on their father as he readied gifts around the tree. A 12-foot tree decorated with Victorian-style ornaments will be a highlight of the 30-minute tour.
Froebel blocks – the same toys Wright played with as a child to learn about shapes and design – will even be in the architect’s Drafting Room for children to enjoy. The event will mark a great way for parents to sneak in a little culture and history into the family’s Christmas celebrations.
Free hot chocolate will be served just outside in the Home and Studio courtyard. Tickets are not required for this free event. Children For more information about the upcoming holiday tour, visit flwright.org/programs/christmas.