Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oscar B. Balch House

611 N Kenilworth Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

This home looks very similar to last year’s most favorited property┬áhere on Mansion Homes, but unlike that new construction spec home, this one was built 1911! It just goes to show you that good design is timeless. The Oscar B. Balch House is a home located in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, United States. The Prairie style Balch House was designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1911. The home was the first house Wright designed after returning from a trip to Europe. The house is one of the first Wright houses to employ a flat roof which gives the home a horizontal linearity. Historian Thomas O’Gorman noted that the home may provide a glimpse into the subconscious mind of Wright. The Balch house is listed as a contributing property to a U.S. federally Registered Historic District.

Description: “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oscar B. Balch House is a pure, perfect example of Prairie School Architecture. The home’s exterior features his trademark horizontal style featuring low-pitched rooflines & wide eaves. Inside, you will find an open floor plan and will be treated to grand vistas of the streetscape, stunning art glass, woodwork and many original light fixtures. The Balch House has been meticulously restored and expanded. The addition, designed by John Eifler & Assoc, features a large kitchen/family room that celebrates Wright’s original design while adding the much needed space and efficiency for today’s lifestyle. Fine architectural detail continues to the 2nd floor with the Master BR featuring double balconies, four additional BR’s and an office. Two of these rooms could be used to create a master suite. There is also a small enclosed porch and a large outdoor deck on the 2nd floor. Winner of the 2006 Historic Preservation Award. All this in a central, walkable location!”

  • 5 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 4,400 sqft
  • 611 N Kenilworth Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
  • Listing courtesy of Greer Haseman

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