Own Frank Lloyd Wright's First Commissioned Home for $2.4 Million

The Walker family were stewards of the River Forest Winslow House for 55 years, the home that gave the dramatic, radical Wright his start as an independent. Now you can be next.

Photo by: Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty Stunning Entry Gallery of Wright's Winslow House. "In the end, he is asking us not just to live and like his houses the way an artist might want you to like his paintings. He's asking you to rethink what a house is, and how we live," said filmmaker Ken Burns about his 1998 documentary Frank Lloyd Wright  produced with Lynn Novick.

It is a bit of dazzling architectural theater. The terracotta and Roman brick William H. Winslow House, built in 1893 after the headstrong Frank Lloyd Wright decided to split with Louis Sullivan (or, depending on the story, got the boot for taking secrets gigs on the side). It shines with early glimmers of the Prairie style and Wright's experiments with elevation, floating and tiered exterior designs. 

Over a century later, the 4-bedroom, 2-bath estate can still knock you over with Wright's understated glamour -- built-in nooks, bronze and iron details, and not a single break in the art glass windows. 

The house's lineage includes five previous owners: The Walkers bought the 5,038-square-foot River Forest commission in 1958, when Wright was somewhat out of favor with the intelligentsia, said Peter Walker, son of the late William S. Walker, a Chicago-born big band arranger and Mad Men-era jingle writer remembered for A&W root beer and Wrigley's chewing gum spots. "My father loved Frank Lloyd Wright and wanted to own one of his houses," he told FrontDoor.

Walker's widow June, who cared for the Auvergne Place property and raised three sons here, passed away last April. "Now it needs and deserves a new owner," said Peter Walker about the decision to sale. "Hopefully a family who will cherish and maintain it as did we and four others these past 12 decades." 

Listed by Pamela Tilton  and Colleen Vihtelic of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty. Asking $2.4 million.

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