Some lucky homebuyers are moving into a piece of Chicago history. The Laura Gale House, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is off the market after a big sale this summer.
The Oak Park home is located just outside the city, in the Wright Historic District. It was built in 1914, and it sold in August for $952,000. According to Chicago magazine, this was the third Wright home commissioned by the Gale family, and this one was for real estate developer Thomas Gale’s widow.
The real estate listing on Estately.com describes the Laura Gale house as “exacting in proportion” and “exemplif[ying] Wright’s Prairie School of thought, which was to bring the outside in.” The house also boasts “[l]ovely views from any window, many of which are the famous art glass that his studio produced.” At 2,877 square feet, it features four bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a studio or office.
Architecture buffs are crazy for the Laura Gale House due to the unique elements Wright incorporated, including the cantilevered front porch.
“This house also features signature Wright art glass, raked Roman brick fireplace and is lucky to have many original light fixtures, including one in the dining room,” realtor Greer Haseman from @properties told the Chicago Tribune. “This house also features a large backyard deck, which was designed by Wright but not built until the 1990s.”
According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the seller lives in Australia and decided to sell the historic home after renting it out for several years. It originally went on the market for $1.075 million.
Many say the Laura Gale House inspired a future Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece called Fallingwater. Located in Pennsylvania, Fallingwater is an “iconic symbol of people living in harmony with nature,” according to its website.
Check out all of the awesome photos of the recently-purchased Laura Gale House at Estately.com, or take a video tour below.