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Architecture Thu Mar 12 2009

Glencoe Wright Home Endangered

glencoewrighthome.jpgChicago design and architecture blog PrairieMod recently reported that an historic Frank Lloyd Wright home in Glencoe is under threat from the wrecking ball. Well, sort of. According to the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, the William F. Ross House (1027 Meadow Rd.) has been vacant for two years and is currently on the market "as is" after the heating pipes burst last winter. This means a potential buyer could purchase the property with the intent of tearing down the home. If that happens, it would be the first time an intact Wright home has been demolished in the U.S. in over 30 years.

If you don't have the $575,000 to buy the property yourself, you can help by urging Glencoe officials to work with potential buyers on renovating the property, rather than rebuilding on it. More information is available on the Landmarks Preservation Council website.

 
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Mark Hertzberg / March 12, 2009 2:53 PM

This would actually not be the first Wright demolition in 30 years. A small home he designed was demolished in Grand Beach, Michigan, in 2004.

Eric / March 12, 2009 11:09 PM

Mark is correct on this point, the W.S. Carr House (1916) formally of Grand Beach, MI was demolished on November 8, 2004. It had been radically remodeled (or "remuddled") but a regrettable loss, nonetheless. Let's hope the Ross House can avoid such a fate.

Eric / March 12, 2009 11:11 PM

BTW, the link to the PrairieMod story is:
http://www.prairiemod.com/prairiemod/2009/03/wright-home-in-need.html

Don / April 2, 2009 4:00 PM

In 2003 FLW's last house the 1959 Friedman house in Bannockburn and in perfect condition was purchased by a trader as a tear down. Only a lot of work can prevent these diasters

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