This Recently Listed Frank Lloyd Wright Home Is a Refreshing Blend of Old and New

This Recently Listed Frank Lloyd Wright Home Is a Refreshing Blend of Old and New

By Kathryn M.
Listed for $2.3M, the 1951 Glore House matches contemporary updates with original details.

Set along the shores of Lake Michigan, the leafy Chicago suburb of Lake Forest has a lot to offer—from swimming beaches and forest preserves to quaint European-inspired shopping villages and cafes. Unlike other Chicago suburbs, which are home to multiple Frank Lloyd Wright–designed residences, Lake Forest has only has one—and it’s a stunner.

The Charles F. Glore House is located on a lush, 1.92-acre lot in Lake Forest, Illinois, just 45 minutes from Chicago. The residence is the only Wright-designed home in the area.

A wall of bookshelves draw you into the home from the entryway. The current architect-owner made some updates to the original design, such as swapping Wright’s red-stained floors for polished concrete, resulting in a brighter look that contrasts with the extensive woodwork.

Completed in 1954, the Charles F. Glore House sits on a nearly two-acre lot, just one block from the lake. Stretching across 4,300 square feet, the home  features four bedrooms, four baths, large living areas, and multiple outdoor spaces.

Across from the built-in bookshelves, a floating staircase connects the home’s two levels.

Modern updates include an expansive kitchen with cabinetry modeled after the original and a luxurious master bath—however the contemporary changes were achieved without diminishing the home’s midcentury character.

Notable original features include built-in bookshelves, mahogany panels, and exposed brick walls. The home’s most captivating feature may be the cathedral ceiling in the living room, which rises like the bow of a ship. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $2,275,000.

Concrete steps lead down to a wet bar near the living room. Glass doors lead out to the patio.

A wall of windows anchors the living room, providing captivating views of the lush surroundings. Original cabinetry wraps underneath the windows, leading to a built-in couch along the opposite side.

A closer look at the windows and the built-in couch.

The modern, galley-style kitchen features original brick walls and clerestory windows on both sides. Numerous skylights also help to brighten the space.

Cabinetry wraps around the brick walls at the opposite end.

Near the kitchen, an eating area provides direct access to the patio.

Another look at the informal eating area and one of the home’s four fireplaces.

A portion of the original patio was enclosed to create a formal dining room.

A wall of glass wraps around the end of a home office.

In total, the home features four bedrooms. Here is the master, located on the second level. 

The master bathroom blends original features with updated finishes. Clerestory windows run above the vanity mirror.

An expansive terrace is located off the master suite.

Another bedroom overlooks the living room below.

A view from the second floor into the main living room.

Outside, a large deck surrounds much of home’s side and rear.

Like many of Wright’s designs, the home captures the natural beauty of its surroundings.

An aerial view of the residence and its nearly two-acre lot.


First-level floor plan of the Charles F. Glore House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Second-level floor plan of the Charles F. Glore House by Frank Lloyd Wright

170 N. Mayflower Road is currently listed for $2,275,000 by Megan Beidler of GGL Realtors.

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