Accessible Frank Lloyd Wright House in Illinois Is Reborn as a Museum

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April 24, 2014
Tours of the Ken and Phyllis Laurent House in Rockford, Wright's only accessible building, start June 7. Read Full Article
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  The Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, features a solar hemicycle footprint. Image courtesy of Wright Auction House.
    The Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, features a solar hemicycle footprint. Image courtesy of Wright Auction House.
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  The house is one of about 60 so-called Usonian houses that Wright designed for middle-income clients starting in 1936. Image courtesy of Wright Auction House.
    The house is one of about 60 so-called Usonian houses that Wright designed for middle-income clients starting in 1936. Image courtesy of Wright Auction House.
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  Wright designed much of the furniture in the house, including the built-in seating shown here. Photo courtesy of Wright Auction House.
    Wright designed much of the furniture in the house, including the built-in seating shown here. Photo courtesy of Wright Auction House.
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  The living room of the Laurent House. Photo courtesy of Wright Auction House.
    The living room of the Laurent House. Photo courtesy of Wright Auction House.
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  The Laurent House Foundation Inc. paid $578,000 to purchase the at auction and has since secured a loan for $400,000 to finance a restoration effort, including the replacement of a section of the master bedroom ceiling that collapsed during a winter storm in March 2013. Photo courtesy of Wright Auction House.
    The Laurent House Foundation Inc. paid $578,000 to purchase the at auction and has since secured a loan for $400,000 to finance a restoration effort, including the replacement of a section of the master bedroom ceiling that collapsed during a winter storm in March 2013. Photo courtesy of Wright Auction House.
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  The house was built with Chicago Common Brick and Tidewater red cypress, with much of the materials sourced locally in Rockford. Photo courtesy of Wright Auction House.
    The house was built with Chicago Common Brick and Tidewater red cypress, with much of the materials sourced locally in Rockford. Photo courtesy of Wright Auction House.
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  The Laurent House opens to the public for the first time on June 7 and will be open the first and last weekend of each month. Admission is $15. Photo courtesy of Wright Auction House.
    The Laurent House opens to the public for the first time on June 7 and will be open the first and last weekend of each month. Admission is $15. Photo courtesy of Wright Auction House.

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