For sale: Frank J. Baker House - Wilmette, IL

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JimM
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Post by JimM »

Those must be shadows lit from below at the living and dining room ceilings? The coloring looks odd and un-natural...

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Post by SDR »

Yes---isn't that odd ? But the shadows do call attention to the horizontal "fliers" of there---which might contain tie-rods ?

Nice photo of the fireplace ...

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Post by Roderick Grant »

How could the architect who owned the house and had such a high opinion of FLW have put that inappropriate chandelier in the dining room? It may be a nice fixture, that fills many hearts with joy, but it is wildly out of place in the Baker House.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

From $900K to $600K. Apparently reality set in.

I wish them luck, and hope the team they have will do a proper restoration.

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New owners to breathe life into 1909 Wright home

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Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Re: For sale: Frank J. Baker House - Wilmette, IL

Post by Roderick Grant »

That fancy wrought iron gate would look terrific in a fancy house, but on Baker, it is out of place.

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Re: For sale: Frank J. Baker House - Wilmette, IL

Post by DavidC »

Good to hear that Baker is now to be rehabbed - and taken care of.


David

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Re: For sale: Frank J. Baker House - Wilmette, IL

Post by DRN »

The proposed work will sensitively update the house for modern living. All good.

About the opening of the article though...
The Frank J. Baker House in Wilmette was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1909. Reportedly, Wright himself brought the plans to Baker in Wilmette via horseback.

Really?! In 1909, Wright would personally ride on horseback 17 miles from Oak Park to Wilmette to deliver a set of plans or, more incredibly, make a presentation to a client? I realize the word "reportedly" is a tag to enable some degree of doubt by the reporter, but why include this likely apocryphal bit at all? There was another building in this era that "reportedly" had Wright arriving on horseback (from a ridiculous distance) and seeing that the house was not built exactly to his design, riding off in a cloud of dust never to acknowledge the work again. Who makes up this stuff?

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Re: For sale: Frank J. Baker House - Wilmette, IL

Post by Roderick Grant »

That other house FLW rode up to was the George Spencer House at Lake Delevan. The white paint was not to his liking.

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