Frank Lloyd Wright – born 150 years ago on 8 June – was one of the most prolific and influential 20th-century architects, who designed over 1,000 structures during his lifetime. While many have been turned into museums, his private residencies are now coveted real estate. The architect designed so many properties that they regularly crop up on the market – but here are five of the finest Frank Lloyd Wright houses for sale today.
The Paul and Helen Olfelt Residence, Minneapolis, Minnesota
This Minneapolis property was built for Paul and Helen Olfelt and is up for sale for the first time ever. Wright started working on the 2,647 sq ft brick home in 1958, designing almost all of the furniture and fixtures of the house before his death in December 1959. Typically for a Frank Lloyd Wright house, it features a vaulted great room and walls of windows, as well as original custom cabinetry.
Laura Gale House, Chicago
A pre-runner to his iconic Falling Water House, the Laura Gale House in Oak Park Chicago was built in 1909 during Wright’s Prairie style period. The four bedroom home has a cantilevered roof and is made of interlocking rectilinear forms with a fireplace at the centre. Just listed for $1.075m, The Laura Gale House is on the National Historic Register.
Tirranna, New Canaan, Connecticut
You’ll need deep pockets for this 1956 New Canaan, Connecticut home, which sits above a waterfall surrounded by 15 acres of woodland and comes with seven bedrooms. Named Tirranna – an aboriginal word meaning ‘running waters’ – the ‘U’-shaped Frank Lloyd Wright house has glass walls, gold leaf chimneys and original wood finishes. Gardens are by Frank Okamura, the landscape architect for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Stuart Richardson Residence, New Jersey
Frank Lloyd Wright might have created over 1,000 structures, but he only designed a handful of homes using hexagonal modules. Walls inside this property are set at 60 and 120 degree angles.
Plans were drawn up for the ‘Usonian’ dwelling in 1941 but it wasn’t built until 1951, and it’s the most complex of Wright’s New Jersey homes. The Stuart Richardson Residence was built using red brick, red concrete and cypress wood, and was given a total restoration in 2006 to take it back to a ‘purist form’. The living room is framed by 15 glass doors.
Sherman Booth House, Chicago
Sherman Booth House is unusually tall for a Frank Lloyd Wright house, rising three storeys high and capped by a rooftop deck equipped with a brick outdoor fireplace. Built in 1916 for his attorney, the five-bedroom property is the largest of six Prairie homes he designed in Ravine Bluffs, Glencoe, and sits on the edge of a wooded ravine. Original features have been preserved, like the slatted wooden light sconces and screens between rooms, and there’s even a stylised flagpole Wright repurposed from an older building. ‘It’s totally satisfying to the eye,’ said Sonia Bloch, who purchased the Sylvan Road house with her husband Ted in 1967. It’s had $200k shaved from the asking price since it was first listed last summer.