Frank Lloyd Wright's Unusual Emmond House for Under a Million

This restored, fetching 1892 Queen Anne is one of the coveted “bootleg” houses the world's most famous architect had to sneak to build.

Photo by: Zillow Wright had a fairly extensive style-bag as evidenced by the early Queen Anne-inspired Emmond House. This "bootleg" Wright is back on the market, priced under a million at $919,000.

If we sent you an Instagram of this pretty lady and played "Name That Architect," you might protest and demand to see our papers when told this pointy-hatted two-story was designed under the early hand of Frank Lloyd Wright. It doesn't feel like a Wright, doesn't look like a Wright. But it is. 

From the Queen Anne-styled eight-sided turret to the arched column porch, the Robert G. Emmond Home in La Grange, Ill., belongs to a tribe of approximately eight identified "bootleg" Wrights in Chicago, all built on the sly while he moonlighted under contract with Adler and Sullivan. Better put, it's "Wright Before the 'Lloyd'," before his Prairie-style voice, as Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson's first-rate exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center explains the story. 

Oak Park preservation architects John and Kathleen Leigh won a Wright Spirit Award in 2009 for their work on the Emmond and originally listed the 5-bed, 1-bath in 2011 for $1.5 million. (It last sold in 1994 for $360,000.) It has been meticulously restored, from the windows to the wood clapboard siding to reconstruction of two porches (an arcade and smaller entry porch) and a "historically accurate kitchen," according to the Save Wright listing. The 2,638-square-footer keeps trimming its price, and recently dropped to $919,000.

Take a look at the Robert G. Emmond Home gallery of this early Wright.

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