For the first time in its 20 year history, the critically acclaimed This summer, the renowned architectural Housewalk, Wright Plus 2015, which features rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, will include several homes that have never before been seen on the walk.
Among the residences new to the Wright Plus Housewalk in 2015 are three buildings on Wright’s Avery Coonley Estate, as well as Ernest Hemingway’s boyhood home.
Also on the tour is the place where Wright’s innovative Prairie homes were conceived and the anchor of the Wright inventory of estates in the Midwest: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio, the oldest Wright building open as a public museum. The tour includes two 2015 World Heritage Site nominees – Unity Temple and Frederick C. Robie House – both designed in Wright’s Oak Park studio.
At each house, guides will discuss the architectural elements, original owners, design details and restoration process. Also, for the first time in its history, Wright Plus will venture into Riverside, IL for a look at Wright’s Coonley Estate, including Thorncroft. The Coonley lots were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, a pioneer in landscape architecture and urban planning, when he planned the village of Riverside in 1869. Celebrated landscape architect Jens Jensen designed the estate’s landscaping for Frank Lloyd Wright.
Proceeds from the Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk support the organization’s stated mission to engage, educate and inspire the public through architecture, design and Wright’s enduring legacy. Proceeds will also help to preserve the Trust’s historic sites and collections.
For a full lineup of homes included on the 2015 tour or more information about Wright Plus 2015 and related events, visit flwright.org/wrightplus.
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The Avery Coonley Residence (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908) in Riverside, Ill. will make its Wright Plus debut on the May 16 Housewalk (photo courtesy of Dean Eastman).