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Wright Plus 2016 Walk

  • Wright Plus guests gather in front of the Harry S. Adams House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1913), for a presentation by a volunteer interpreter. Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: Matt Soria
  • Front entrance to the Harry S. Adams House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1913), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Harry S. Adams House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1913), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Charles J. Barr House (William E. Drummond & Louis Guenzel, 1912), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Dining Room, William E. Drummond House (William E. Drummond, 1910), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Harry and Louisa Goodrich House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1896), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Mary Greenlees Yerkes House (John S. Van Bergen, 1913), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • River Forest Women's Club (William E. Drummond & Louis Guenzel, 1913), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Telfer MacArthur House (Charles White & Bertram A. Weber, 1928), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Thomas Gale House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1892), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • William E. Drummond House (William E. Drummond, 1910), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Dining Room, William Winslow House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1894), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • William Winslow House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1894), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pamela Tilton. Photographer: Jim Tschetter.
  • Wright Plus guests gather in front of the Harry S. Adams House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1913), for a presentation by a volunteer interpreter. Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: Matt Soria
  • Front entrance to the Harry S. Adams House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1913), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Harry S. Adams House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1913), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Charles J. Barr House (William E. Drummond & Louis Guenzel, 1912), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Dining Room, William E. Drummond House (William E. Drummond, 1910), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Harry and Louisa Goodrich House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1896), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Mary Greenlees Yerkes House (John S. Van Bergen, 1913), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • River Forest Women's Club (William E. Drummond & Louis Guenzel, 1913), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Telfer MacArthur House (Charles White & Bertram A. Weber, 1928), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Thomas Gale House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1892), Oak Park, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • William E. Drummond House (William E. Drummond, 1910), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • Dining Room, William Winslow House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1894), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
  • William Winslow House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1894), River Forest, Ill.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pamela Tilton. Photographer: Jim Tschetter.

Inside Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School on Wright Plus 2016

Tour mansions and landmarks amid the world's largest concentration of Wright buildings

Once a year on the third Saturday in May, proud owners of historic Frank Lloyd Wright houses and other landmark residences invite the public inside their carefully restored homes for Wright Plus, the Great American Housewalk.

On Saturday, May 21, Wright Plus 2016 traces the arc of the Prairie School's early 20th century architecture with interior tours of nine private homes in Oak Park and River Forest. The walk features four homes designed by Wright and five buildings by the architects who worked in his Oak Park Studio.

For a limited time, four or more Wright Plus Housewalk tickets purchased in one transaction will be discounted to $90 each. The regular ticket price is $110 each and $95 for members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

On Wright Plus 2016, tour an early example of Wright's work, the Thomas Gale House (1892), for the first time on the walk. Understand Wright's radical vision by comparing the Victorian elements of the Gale House with the clean lines of the William Winslow House (1893-94), a mansion returning to the walk after 39 years. The evolution of Wright's Prairie style continues with the Harry and Louisa Goodrich House (1896) and culminates with a forward-looking Prairie design, the Harry S. Adams House (1913).

Wright's strong influence on his employees is also displayed on Wright Plus 2016, which features the personal residence of William E. Drummond, Wright's chief architect. Two Drummond collaborations, the Charles J. Barr House and the River Forest Women's Club, which has been converted into an impressive residence, are inspired examples of innovations on the Prairie style.

Other Wright studio architects represented on the Housewalk are John S. Van Bergen, Charles White and Barry Byrne.

Also on the Wright Plus tour is the place where Wright’s vision for an American architecture was conceived and his studio architects worked: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio. Wright Plus tickets include entry to Wright’s Prairie-style masterpiece, the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Both houses are Iconic Houses member.

Wright Plus 2016, featuring Wright and the Prairie School, takes place all day, Saturday, May 21, in Oak Park and River Forest and on Sunday, May 22 in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood for tours of the Robie House. Byrne's St. Thomas the Apostle Church (1922) is open 1-5 p.m., May 22, with a lecture by Byrne expert Vincent L. Michael at 2 p.m.

Transportation between Oak Park and River Forest is included in the ticket. For more information about the Housewalk and its many related events, visit flwright.org/wrightplus.

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Proceeds from the Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk support the restoration, preservation and education programs of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization that provides public tours and educational programs at major Wright-designed structures, including his Home and Studio (1889/1898), in Oak Park, Ill.; The Rookery Light Court (1905) in the Chicago Loop; Unity Temple (1905-08) in Oak Park; the Frederick C. Robie House (1908-10) in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood; and Emil Bach House (1915) in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. For more information, visit flwright.org.