Saturday's house walk featured ten properties, five of which were designed by FLW. We managed to get to eight of them. The other two (FLW home/studio and Unity Temple) are open all year, so we plan to go back. The Preservation Trust site gives details about this year's sites. Our favorites were the River Forest Women's Club, which has been remodeled into a private home, and the Frank Thomas House, on the tour for the first time in 21 years.
The FLWPT has the housewalk planning down pat: there are more than
And the people! They came from all over the country and from abroad. A woman at our table at the Cafe Brauer said she lived in San Francisco and had been coming to Wright Plus since 1987. Other people were combining WP with vacation time in Chicago.
Sunday was "Smart Start." We drove to Hyde Park (near south side) to see the Robie House
adjacent to the University of Chicago campus. The house was designed by FLW and built in 1909. For many years it was the married students' residence for the Chicago Theological Seminary. It is being restored--as with other FLW properties, an expensive and extensive undertaking. After the tour we were taken to the Smart Museum on the campus. The FLW tie-in was that the dining table from the Robie House on display. The rest of the museum has an eclectic collection and we want to go back to see it when we can spend more time.
We were home at mid-afternoon. It seemed as though we'd been gone much longer! We had a splendid time and we hope we can attend Wright Plus again.
Photos: Coonley House exterior concrete design; Coonley Playhouse; Caldwell Lily Pool; afternoon line (SWH in center); Thomas House; anecdote about the Thomases; Matthews House; Robie closet window; Robie sign; SWH at the Chicago AD house