Frank Lloyd Wright Homes Side-by-Side in Kankakee, IL
Kankakee is the only city in the world where you'll find two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes side-by-side. Both homes have been privately owned and off limits to tourists – until now.
The nonprofit group Wright in Kankakee recently acquired the title of one of the homes, known as the Harley Bradley House, and will open it as a museum. The group is collecting donations and furniture for the house, which is perched on the bank of the Kankakee River. News of the home being opened to the public caught the attention of the New York Times and news outlets in nearby Chicago. The Bradley House is Wright's first Prairie-style home, according to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, based in Chicago.
The two homes embody Wright’s renowned Prairie-style architecture, which emphasizes low, earth-hugging buildings that include gable roofs with wide overhangs and features long, horizontal lines that mimic the flat horizon of the Midwest prairie. The Prairie style departs from the traditional European styles that dominated American architecture throughout the 1800s.
The Warren-Hickox House has undergone little change over the years.
The Bradley House, however, has seen many changes. It has had several owners over its 105-year history, including Audubon Society president Joseph Dodson. It also served as a restaurant for 30 years and then as an office building. Eventually, it was fully restored to Frank Lloyd Wright’s house design plan from June 1900.
Frank Lloyd Wright homes throughout the country draw tens of thousands of visitors each year.