So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright

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My last few days in Chicago.  You may notice a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright in this post.  Good thing Joaquin’s mom (Claudia’s aunt) is an architect.  No idea what she thinks of Prairie School style architecture, but I like it.

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Here we begin at the Robie House in Hyde Park, on the south side of Chicago, the neighborhood where Claudia lives.

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Sometimes you have to get outside of the University of Chicago bubble.  Like literally.

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Palmisano Park in the Bridgeport neighborhood used to be a limestone quarry but reopened in 2009 as a restored prairie, fishing pond, and recreational trail.  It’s affectionately called Mount Bridgeport.  What is a mountain doing in a prairie?  Maybe the Mayors Daley buried their secrets under there.  Where have I heard that prairie word before?

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The marvelous landscape architecture of Jens Jensen and the Garfield Park Conservatory.  The structure itself was designed by Jensen in collaboration with Prairie School architects Schmidt, Garden and Martin.  I used to frequent this free public treasure when I lived in the neighborhood, especially in the winter.

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I’m also noticing a glass dome theme.

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Cousins by the Moroccan mosaic fountain

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The Desert Room, my personal favorite.

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On to the suburb of Oak Park, home of Frank Lloyd Wright’s residence and studio for the first twenty years of his career.

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Wright designed the building and all of the furniture.

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The dining room table with its high-backed chairs becomes a room within a room.

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The master bedroom

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The tour guide was very engaging.

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The playroom.  The Wrights had six children.

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The studio.  This is where the magic happened.

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The Octagonal Library

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You can see other Wright-designed homes in the self-guided walking tour.  Somebody lives here!

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The “budget” model.  Little House on the Prairie?

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A Prairie Home Companion?

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An English tudor with Mayan influence.  I thought it was a Bavarian cottage.  Please explain, Frank.  I’m out of prairie puns.

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Architects may come and
Architects may go and
Never change your point of view.
When I run dry
I stop awhile and think of you.

. . .

So long, Chicago.


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