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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 10:24 am    Post subject: Look inside Wright's Laura Gale house in Oak Park Reply with quote

For Sale: $1.075M

Article:
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20170512/CRED0703/170519950/frank-lloyd-wrights-laura-gale-house-for-sale

Photos:
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=CG&Date=20170512&Category=CRED0703&ArtNo=512009999&Ref=PH#1
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

$1.075M looks like a California price tag. Isn't that a tad high for Oak Park?
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DRN



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting that Paul...I've never been inside this house and I don't recall seeing published photos of it. Something makes me want to change the interior color of the kitchen windows;)
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

... to say nothing about the countertop.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. A view of the rear elevation reveals a cantilever echoing the one at the front. Something odd going on with a horizontal above the kitchen. Truly uninspired staging doesn't dim the qualities of the interior spaces. And the lack of window "dressings" is a relief . . .

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clydethecat



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those furnishings give me pain.
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Tim



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't comment on the price. The house looks well kept, which is nice.
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peterm



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As to the price... the lot is not huge, but the street and location is one of the most charming spots in Oak Park. The design also predicts the cantilevered balconies of Fallingwater, and because of its importance, maybe it warrants the price. It's still a bargain compared to California.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Following on this fragment of the text, ". . . listing agent Greer Haseman of @properties staged much of it with furniture that . . ." I searched for @properties as a realty entity. Found nothing. Let's assume that a total amateur was involved in the staging of the house; I don't know what else would explain what we see. Perhaps there was a used furniture store or a yard sale involved . . . ?

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peterm



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@properties is a huge Chicagoland realty:

https://atproperties.com

The staging leaves much to be desired, and reveals something that I have noticed with other listings in Chicago. Overall, the midwestern realtors are not as sophisticated as their California and New York counterparts. An exception is Joe Kunkel, who really gets it.

Of course, one of the problems is that "mid century modern" is hot right now, and Craftsman is not the flavor of the month, so the staging often reflects that. But Mies Barcelona chairs in a Prairie house is a tough one to make happen. They should stick to Scandinavian modern if they find Stickley too "stuffy"...
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's on the housework Saturday for anyone who wants a closer look ...
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. Like it or not, Stickley et al is probably the default choice for many Prairie-period houses, when the real thing (Wright's furniture) is not available. In my world, no Wright house would appear on the market until all the original furnishings had been rounded up or replicated. Quality MCM pieces (with Scandinavian preferred) or Nakashima would be acceptable -- for virtually any Wright home ? Or is that too broad (or too limited) a prescription ?

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatever happened to empty rooms? It's as if people no longer possess the fantasy required to envision the space properly furnished. Maybe the thinking is that staging obscures defects as well as showing how much "stuff" potential buyers might be able to cram into a new home?
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose that's it. As with many another commercial enterprise, there's no doubt some theory behind it -- and maybe some research. I still prefer a bare house . . .

Photos from the last time the house appeared on the market:

https://chicago.curbed.com/2015/5/12/9962112/frank-lloyd-wright-laura-gale-house

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a fine house. It suffers from not having a garage and access to the lot to access one if you were to build it.
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