If you like beautiful architecture look no farther than Oak Park, Illinois where among others you will find homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright.   Oak Park happens to have the most Frank Lloyd Wright homes in 1 village.  In fact the home he lived in is on 951 Chicago Ave Oak Park, Illinois.  This home was built in the shingle style which in not like the Prairie style that he pioneered and is highly sought after.   There are almost 30 properties that he designed in Oak Park.

I received a call from a client that was excited like it was Christmas.  “I have a offer in on a Frank Lloyd Wright style home and we want to book an inspection” my new client boasted.

On arrival of the home inspection in Oak Park ,I could definitely see the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style that was mimicked by another designer.  This home definitely resembles the Frank W. Thomas House on 210 Forest Ave Oak Park.  The Heurtley House was FLW’s first all stucco home which is the same for the home inspection in Oak Park.

The home is 104 years old and all of the orginial  leaded glass windows were still in perfect condition.  The home inspection in Oak Park had nominal issues until I was able to inspect the porch footings.  The footings to the front porch were cracked and 1 of the concrete beams was falling and would need to be replaced with newer structural beams within the next couple of years.  The reason for this cracking was a oil storage tank for the boiler was removed and when the contractor excavated the tank they didn’t replace the dirt.  The void under the porch allowed for movement of the footings thus movement of the beam.  There wasn’t any structural issues at the home inspection in Oak Park.  This home would be expected to be around for another 100 yeras with the right owners.  People that want to own a vintage home should understand that regular maintenance will be needed to keep the homes integrity in check.  If you have time and love Frank Lloyd Wright architecture as much as I do you should check out the FLW tours available in the Chicago land area.

If you own a vintage home or you are buying a vintage home please contact us at~ www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com

Please leave a comment or questions we can assist you with on your own home.  Thanks, Jim Kolke

 

In La Grange, Illinois there are a lot of older homes with vintage styling.  These homes have endured the test of time with their style and construction durability.  We have seen Frank Lloyd Wright inspiration while conducting a home inspection in La Grange.

The most noteworthy Frank Lloyd Wright Home in La Grange is the home at 221 S. La Grange Rd.  That was attributed to E. Hill Turncock, even by Wright Himself.  Further investigation found that this indeed was a Wright design by plans found in 1960 in Taliesin.

A recent home inspection in La Grange, Illinois found similarities to the design near La Grange Road on Blackstone Ave.   This home was built with the same attributes of a Wright design. The structure of the home was found to be not compromised by 100 years of time.

Another home inspection in La Grange uncovered a similar story to the one on Blackstone Ave.  This home is on Stone Ave. in La Grange.  These homes tend to have minimal issues when we inspect them. This is just another reason why home buyers seek out these style homes – their everlasting quality of construction and ageless charm.

There are many other styles of architecture to be seen in La Grange, Illinois. We see this in the multi-unit condo buildings also. La Grange strives to stay with the times without forgetting the past in their planning for housing developments.  We see this time and time again on our home inspections in La Grange.

Please contact us if we can assist you in your home purchase in La Grange, Illinois.  We inspect many of the vintage homes and condos in the area.

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Thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

Jim Kolke