In the leafy neighborhood of La Grange, Illinois, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last "bootleg" houses has resurfaced on the market for $1,199,000.
Commissioned by attorney W. Irving Clark, the residence is one of several "bootleg" homes Wright secretly designed during his time at Adler & Sullivan, which forbade outside commissions. As a workaround, Wright removed his name from the designs, which were initially attributed to E. Hill Turnock; the house was eventually confirmed as Wright design in the 1970s.
The home shares common traits with much of Wright’s early work, including his Oak Park home and studio. Such features include the steeply pitched roof with a Palladian window in the center; the bay windows fitted with the same diamond leaded glass patterns; and the porch shaped in a half-octagon.
Recently renovated and expanded to nearly 4,000 square feet, the W. Irving Clark house still retains its original Wrightian elements and fixtures—from the four working wood-burning fireplaces to the breathtaking stained glass window in the staircase leading to the second floor.
The first floor includes a vestibule, foyer and hallway, living room, dining room, family room, den, and a recently expanded chef’s kitchen with a breakfast room leading to a screened porch.
The second floor holds three bedrooms and a spacious master suite with a new bathroom and walk-in closet. The third floor has a game room (the former ball room), the fifth bedroom, and a storage room.
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211 South La Grange Road, La Grange, Illinois is currently listed by Hanscom & Ellison Group for $1,199,000. See the full listing here.
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