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The just acquired house in the article is to the east of the Home and Studio at 925 Chicago Ave; the Home and Studio is at 950 Chicago Ave.; later in the article it is noted the Trust acquired a house at 931 Chicago Ave. in 1989. (931 stands between 925 and 950)
Numerically, it would seem the just acquired house IS adjacent to the TrustÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s property, but it is NOT adjacent to the Home and Studio itself. When I last visited in 2012, I asked which house had been Anna WrightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, as I did not know if her house had been to the east or south of the Home and Studio. I was told AnnaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house faced Chicago Ave. Having noticed that the house on Chicago Ave. next door to the Home and Studio was being used as an office/support building for the site, I asked if that house was AnnaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. I was told no, her house was to the east of the adjacent house and the Trust would not disclose the house number of AnnaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house as it was privately held.
1. Wright and/or his biographers inaccurately noted AnnaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house as being Ã¢â‚¬Å“next doorÃ¢â‚¬Â� to Frank and CatherineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house.
2. If Geiger was correct, this article is unclear or inaccurate about 925 not having historical connection to Wright. Possibly the reporter was trying to note Wright didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t design the house, but chose obtuse words.
3. Are we (and Brenden Gill) being prejudiced relative to Anna Ã¢â‚¬Å“moving close to her boyÃ¢â‚¬Â�? Could there have been a symbiotic relationship in which Anna watched some of the six kids at times...or that Frank and Catherine provided some assistance to a mentally troubled relative with whom other members of the family had lost patience?
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It is obvious that Anna's peripatetic lifestyle was closely associated with Frank's movements. She moved to Oak Park, because he was there. Taliesin was originally designated as a country home for Anna, seemingly in an attempt to keep the estate out of any divorce settlement with Catherine, and probably paid for with the sale of 939. There is no evidence that Anna ever resided at Taliesin, but she did move into Tanyderi at one point. Frank and sister Jane argued over her stay there, neither of them wanting her. When FLW went to Tokyo to build the Imperial, Anna followed. She was always on his heels.
Anna, Maginel and Jennie lived in Oak Park (then Cicero) in 1900. But no addresses are given on the census forms. FLW and family are the preceeding entry. The property is noted as owned, rather than mortgaged or rented.
Anna lived alone in Oak Park in 1910. The census form lists her address as 424 Chicago Av, but she is the next entry after FLW and his family. Perhaps Oak Park later revised the numbering scheme. The property is noted as owned, rather than mortgaged or rented.
The 1920 census has Andrew T Porter, his wife Jane, their children Anna and Franklin, and Anna L Wright at 931 Chicago Avenue. By this time FLW was in Wisconsin and Catherine lived in Chicago. The property is noted as owned, rather than mortgaged or rented.
I would say that we're looking at the same property for all 20 plus years, despite the address question, and that Anna definitely lived at 931 Chicago.
To be clear, was AnnaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house the one currently used as an office, which is right next to FLWs garage (Ginko Tree Gift Shop)? Or, was it 925 Chicago Ave., the next house east (the house just acquired)?
If AnnaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s was the house right next to the Home and Studio, it will be yet another case of the H&S staff giving out inaccurate answers to historical questions posed by me.