It was in the village of Oak Park, Illinois that the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, made his home for many years with his wife, Catherine Tobin and their six children. Known for the Prairie style of architecture, Wright graced the village (1889-1913) with twenty-five structures which are available for walking tours (http://www.flwright.org/) .

His home and studio were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. It is currently owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has restored to the last year in which he lived there, 1909.

Other pioneer architects whose works can be seen in Oak Park include Charles E. White, John Van Bergen (an Oak Park native), E. E. Roberts, George Washington Maher, and William Drummond.

There are three historic districts in Oak Park:  Frank Lloyd Wright, Ridgeland-Oak Park, and Seward Gunderson.

***Oak Park was also the hometown of Ernest Hemingway and Edgar Rice Burroughs.




Wright’s home and studio (City Ventures Tours)



For more information about the history of the village go to their historical society website at http://www.oprfhistory.org/default.aspx

For more information about the Village of Oak Park now to their website at www.oak-park.us.com