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    Default Frank Lloyd Wright's Laura Gale House in Oak Park, Illinois

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Laura Gale House in Oak Park Hits Market


    Another iconic Prairie style home in the Chicago suburbs designed by
    Frank Lloyd Wright is up for grabs. The Laura Gale House (also known as the Mrs. Thomas H. Gale House) is one of 25 homes in Oak Park designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and just one of a handful of Wright homes to hit the market this monthalone. Built in 1909, the five bedroom home is unmistakably Wright's Prairie style and boasts the usual flat roofline, low-hanging ceilings, a stone fireplace and art glass windows. At some point, the home's kitchen was gutted and rebuilt with newer finishes and appliances, but the rest of the home appears to be mostly original. The last time the home entered the market was during the height of the recession, listing for $989,000 inSeptember 2009. It sold the following April for $975,000. This week, the home returns to the market with a $1.1 million asking price. Floor plans can be found here.



















































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    Yes please. I love FLW.

    And - that racecar bed looks REALLY appropriate in a Frank Lloyd Wright creation.
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    Looks neglected on the exterior. Could they at least tend to the lawn out front?

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    those are some of the worst wall colours i have ever seen. the whole house is different shades of poo. it needs a lot of tlc and i hope it's bought by rich architecture buffs who will love it and restore it. the kitchen is jarringly out of place with the style of the rest of the house. if money is no object they should look up the original plans and sketches and have the original kitchen custom made.
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    The interior is hideous. But the bones are nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    those are some of the worst wall colours i have ever seen. the whole house is different shades of poo. it needs a lot of tlc and i hope it's bought by rich architecture buffs who will love it and restore it. the kitchen is jarringly out of place with the style of the rest of the house. if money is no object they should look up the original plans and sketches and have the original kitchen custom made.

    I actually think the main problem with the kitchen is the counter tops. Brown granite like that doesn't work in a FLW house, or any house from before the 1950's. White marble or soapstone would have been a much better choice. I totally agree on that colors, it's so brown.
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    I have never, ever seen the appeal of Frank Lloyd Wright's houses. So boxy and plain.

    This one in particular, besides the nice wood framing and windows, all I see is ugly.
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    That place needs more sunshine!
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    Are the ceilings four feet high?
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    I like the interior, well the bones of it, those radiators have to go. I hate the exterior, its boxy and it looks rundown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post

    And - that racecar bed looks REALLY appropriate in a Frank Lloyd Wright creation.
    That's just what I was thinking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeyotch View Post
    I have never, ever seen the appeal of Frank Lloyd Wright's houses. So boxy and plain.

    This one in particular, besides the nice wood framing and windows, all I see is ugly.
    This.

    I'd say tear it down and build something pretty. (only half kidding).
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    The ceilings are WAY too low.
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    I agree with Beeyotch ... I am huge architectural buff and I never saw the appeal of FLW buildings. I had a friend that was an architect who won the contract by a landslide to create a huge, opulent hotel in Dubai. I asked him what his favorite building was and was sooooo disappointed when he said Falling Waters. Yeah, that one is a bit interesting from the outside, but really, your favorite is one of the first structures you learn in Architecture 101? Plus it had to have MAJOR repairs because FLW designed it structurally unsound. I think this one above is the worst I've ever seen. Why is there a washer/dryer in what seems like the library/study? Don't like the inside or outside. FLW houses usually go for major bucks (well over the other homes in the area) ... it seems a very weird choice for a growing, ordinary family.

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    As a Chicagoan, it's apparently against my birthright to say I don't get the appeal of FLW, but I don't. I love the exterior of his homes but the interiors are so cold and impersonal.

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