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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Avery Coonley Playhouse gets a price chop

After two years on the market, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago playhouse has knocked $150,000 off its asking price.

The Chicago property was completed in 1912 as a school playhouse – however it was converted into a home just a few years later. Its current owners bought the Avery Coonley Playhouse in the 1980s and have carried out extensive repairs and renovation, including returning it to Frank Lloyd Wright’s original layout.

Its theatrical past is still evident in the home’s enormous living room, previously an auditorium. Clerestory windows wrap around the space, leading the eye to the vast stained glass windows at one end.

The Chicago property was completed in 1912 as a school playhouse
Photography: VHT Studios

The original ‘kinder-symphony’ windows have been removed, but replica versions of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs are in place, featuring coloured circles and grid-like patterns. Elsewhere the owners have either restored period light fittings or replaced them with copies.

The two-bedroom home was listed in 2018 for $800,000 but has now dropped its price to the more modest $650,000. Mike Mccurry of Compass has the listing. It’s located in the Chicago suburb of Riverside, and sits on a landscaped plot, filled with trees and plants native to the area.

Its current owners bought the Avery Coonley Playhouse in the 1980s and have carried out extensive repairs and renovation, including returning it to Frank Lloyd Wright's original layout.
Photography: VHT Studios
After two years on the market, Frank Lloyd Wright's Chicago playhouse has knocked $150,000 off its asking price
Photography: VHT Studios

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