Before & After: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rarely Seen Fredrick House Is Deftly Restored

Chicago–based Eifler & Associates Architects leads a painstaking renovation of the rarely published home located in Barrington Hills, Illinois—overseeing everything from a sagging roof to a Wright-designed dining room table.
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To say that the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and interior designer Louis B. Fredrick was contentious is an understatement. Fredrick first commissioned Wright to design a home for his 10-acre plot in Barrington Hills, Illinois, in 1954. Wright offered two house plans, both of which were rejected. (The first was a concrete block design that the Fredricks passed on because "the word concrete block scares the daylights out of us.")

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at