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Article: FLW Trust buys neighboring property - Oak Park, IL
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They should tear the house down, pave the lot and turn it into a parking lot.
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Randolph C. Henning



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen correspondence from Wright's mother that gives her address as 931 Chicago Avenue.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These Google images from last October show 931 Chicago Avenue at the left in this image . . .





. . .and 925 at the left of this image. The brick structure visible to the right of 931 is the garage to the Home and Studio:


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SREcklund



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul Ringstrom wrote:
They should tear the house down, pave the lot and turn it into a parking lot.


While that's one option, another would be to move any remaining admin functions (and maybe even the gift shop) out of the historical property to allow additional restorations.
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SREcklund wrote:
.....move..... (the gift shop) out of the historical property.....


The only problem is that museums, whenever is possible, much prefer to have their gift shops as close to the exit as is possible - preferably in a situation where you are 'forced' to walk through it so that they retain a captive, money-paying audience. In this case, if they were to move the gift shop down the street to a completely separate building they'd lose all impulse buyers - and probably half of the rest, too.


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is so true, David. But perhaps they could scrounge up an early auto or two that FLW owned, or copies thereof, while still in residence, end the tour in the garage, and send the tourists to the Anna House to deposit their booties.
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RonMcCrea



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to know about the house where Wright first lived in Oak Park, a residence owned by the Rev. Augusta Jane Chapin, the pastor of the Oak Park Unitarian Church. Wright's mother decided that he should move from a Chicago boarding house to Oak Park because Oak Park “looked like Madison” and “that was it,” according to the Autobiography. The Wrights moved into Chapin’s house -- the connection was Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones -- and FLW may have shared it for a time with five women while the Home & Studio was being built : Anna, Rev. Chapin, sisters Maginel and Jane, and his new bride, Catherine Tobin Wright. Any info on the Chapin house? It was somewhere close by.
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Matt



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The house will probably be torn down for a gift shop. A shame as he architecture serves as a nice contrast to Wright's work.
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have been there you know they need parking more than a new gift shop.

I think David C is correct that they would lose revenue if they moved the gift shop, unless they started and ended their tours at the new gift shop.
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Matt



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure they would create a "gathering space" by any gift shop where tours begin and end. How do the Darwin Martin folks organize those tour and their separate gift shop? Also consider that Wright fans are pretty serious and if you're going on a studio tour you'll find the gift shop wherever it is.

Could they put in a lower level parking garage? Zoning and cost may prohibit that.
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therman7g



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:08 pm    Post subject: 925 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL Reply with quote



925 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL is a single family home that contains 2,218 sq ft and was built in 1888. It contains 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

The Zestimate for this house is $573,098, which has decreased by $6,742 in the last 30 days. The Rent Zestimate for this home is $3,659/mo, which has decreased by $21/mo in the last 30 days. The property tax in 2015 was $17,833. The tax assessment in 2015 was $52,073
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wright Trust extends reach east on Chicago Avenue


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