1901 Prairie – Elmhurst, IL – (Frank Lloyd Wright) – $999,999

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Added to OHD on 4/9/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/9/19   -   34 Comments
301 S Kenilworth Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126

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  • $999,999
  • 5 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 5500 Sq Ft
  • 0.5 Ac.
own a piece of history and a work of art! frank lloyd wright's e.b. henderson house--a distinctive prairie style home in the heart of the historic district in elmhurst. this 5500 sq. ft. property has massive formal rooms, huge gallery/foyer, 80 ft. of original stained glass, 3 fireplaces, master suite, estate-like grounds and an outdoor terrace. the fully-finished lower level houses a 6th bedroom, 4th bath, wine cellar and tons of storage. an exceptional opportunity!
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Marilyn Fisher, L.W. Reedy Realtors
(630) 833-1700
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34 Comments on 1901 Prairie – Elmhurst, IL – (Frank Lloyd Wright) – $999,999

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  1. AvatarStevenF says: 724 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    FLW. Love his exteriors.

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  2. AvatarMarc says: 190 comments

    It’s incredible to think about how modern this house would have looked in 1901.

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  3. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 804 comments

    Here’s the FLW Prairie Style that made him the only residential architect most people can name. The horizontal massing, both exterior and interior, must have made this house seem otherworldly when first seen. Compare this with the Colonial Revivals and transitional late Victorians being build at the time. All in all this home seems well preserved, but those stainless appliances make me sad.

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  4. AvatarLindsay G says: 591 comments

    Reminds me of an Asian palace or something. How cool! I wonder what a home like this would’ve looked like back in 1901 (if thats in fact the right date!) It’s not my type but it truly is a treasure!

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  5. AvatarRobertcn says: 63 comments

    I love Mr. Wright’s architecture but wouldn’t want to live in any of them.

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  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Well N’t that a hoot! All those folks who were recently saying that FLLW wasn’t yet designing “Prairie” houses when he put up this sad old thing, ( https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/04/19/1900-chicago-il-frank-lloyd-wright/ ), may now stand corrected. 🙂 What a treat to OWN and LIVE in a FLLW designed home. I’m 6″4″ and would happily spend my life “ducking” to avoid traumatic brain injury for the privilege.

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  7. AvatarMatt says: 9 comments

    I think this is the first time I’ve seen an FLW house with all the wrong furniture in it! I’m not knocking the furniture, but it just looks so out of place. Stunning house.

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    • Avatarselenabird says: 13 comments

      Some of it looks so odd I’m thinking they photoshopped it in…..?

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    • AvatarMark Gibson says: 17 comments

      Wow – thats so weird that you say that about the furniture. I was thinking the exact same thing while remembering all the other FLW homes Ive seen. Nothing wrong with the owners furniture, it just seems out of place in a FLW home. And I love this house.

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  8. Avatarspirit2002 says: 22 comments

    Wow, I would not change anything. Except have it be mine! Always liked FLW homes.

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  9. AvatarJackie says: 11 comments

    We have a FLW beauty here in Buffalo, too!

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  10. AvatarRebecca says: 39 comments

    Just wow. Exceptional in every way. What’s not to love about this place? Hope someone buys it who will preserve it.

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  11. AvatarColleen J says: 1264 comments

    Not my style but very very nice

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  12. JimHJimH says: 4105 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Outstanding and beautifully preserved/restored! I’d love to see another photo set of the windows and other details.
    Info, plans and old photos:
    http://www.steinerag.com/flw/Artifact%20Pages/PhRtS057.htm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F.B._Henderson_House

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  13. AvatarDJ says: 77 comments

    love FLW houses, very sparse and calm to me. One in Willowby Ohio for sale Uniterian style..no buyers for 2 years now.

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  14. AvatarLissie says: 279 comments

    Mr. Wright knows his stuff. Beautiful home!!!!!!!!

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  15. AvatarJeff Myers says: 78 comments

    LOL, Mr. Rosewater, above. I never understood Wright’s low ceilings. I know that he felt they accentuated the horizontal, but come on! There were 6′ people in 1911. I had the chance to see his Stewart house in Montecito, and also thought I was going to crash into stuff. I’m 5’11”.

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    • AvatarJeff Myers says: 78 comments

      LOL! I have been in the Stewart House, as well. Those living room ceilings are a trip!

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 4410 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Many people have many valid complaints about his houses Jeff, and ceiling height is decidedly one of them. 🙂 I could get into the why; but suffice to say that Wright thought that no civilized human being would possibly dare to grow past 5″11″; and those Neanderthals who did should be happy to stoop when necessary to visit or inhabit one of his spaces. —– This one would. Heheheh.

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    • MJGMJG says: 499 comments
      1887 Queen Anne
      CT

      I just said this in another post, I really dislike low ceilings and will instantly cross a house off my list of purchase.
      Can you imagine how people viewed these houses in 1901. So modern! So different.

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  16. MarthAllenaMarthAllena says: 89 comments

    The kitchen cabinets, are those original with the colored panels in them? Or did someone paint them later?

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  17. Avatarsae43351 says: 5 comments

    Wow! Only thing I would do is put in the correct style of furniture.

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  18. AvatarMargaret says: 3 comments

    Be still my heart….

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  19. AvatarAA says: 1 comments

    I live in the next town over. This is a beautiful area and community. Easy commute to downtown Chicago. Lovely house for sure.

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  20. AvatarDJZ says: 45 comments

    LOVE LOVE LOVE FLW!!!!!! I toured his houses in Oak Park, IL and his studio it was amazing! I had goosebumps and shakes touring his homes and seeing his work. This house is everything I love about FLW and if I had 1.5M id buy this house up. This house, this very house would be the soul reason id move back up north. it would be my ultimate dream to own a FLW house.

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  21. Avatarspenlo says: 7 comments

    As I recall from touring some of the FLW homes, he had this idea of compression and release that one was suppose to feel as one moved from a tight space (perhaps a passage way) to an open area. Here in Northern VA, the Pope-Leighey house, a small Usonian dwelling was moved to the grounds of Woodlawn plantation to protect it. http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/

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  22. AvatarPeggy Sullivan says: 40 comments

    We are SO lucky to have several FLW homes in the Buffalo NY area!!

  23. AvatarDoug Rice says: 35 comments

    Fallingwater is another example of small rooms. i was very surprised
    when i visited a few years back. and i’m only 5’8″. but certainly as the the Germans would say….augenschmaus. a feast for the eyes.

  24. AvatarJo Ann G says: 61 comments

    I love every single inch of this phenomenal house! The decor is impeccable and the furniture a treasure! And as others have said — imagine what a show stopper this was in 1901 with all the Victorians in style.

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  25. AvatarMeghan says: 2 comments

    Notice they dont show the bathrooms! He was not a big fan of big bathrooms especially as we like them today…they were simply a necessity not a luxury.

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  26. AvatarGregory_K says: 344 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Chatsworth, CA

    Actually, if you look at the historic interior photographs, this house was not full of Wright furniture when those photographs were taken. Wright furniture is notoriously uncomfortable. There are all sorts of funny stories about Wright furniture; even he commented on how ‘angular’ it could be.
    The comments about Buffalo are great. The restoration of the Darwin D. Martin house is just about complete. When I saw it last fall, they were working on the garden. There are always those silly, ‘if this were to be built today, it would cost…… I believe the restoration-reconstruction of the Martin house cost about 70 million dollars. That figure includes the acquisition of land sold off over the years, the demolition of later buildings, reproduction of the brick, so demolished portions of this vast mansion complex could be rebuilt, and recreation of all of the Wright details in the restored and recreated portions of the building. When you visit, it is easy to see that amount of money was well and carefully spent. I received permission to sit in the various pieces of furniture, and it was all very angular, much of it not very comfortable.

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