Frank Lloyd Wright Home to Hit the Market at $2.4M (PHOTOS)

Frank Lloyd Wright's first independent commission, the William Winslow House in River Forest, expected to hit the market Dec. 16.

William Winslow House, 515 Auvergne Pl., River Forest, Credit: Photo by Jim Tschetter
William Winslow House, 515 Auvergne Pl., River Forest, Credit: Photo by Jim Tschetter
"Take good care of the house."

That's what Frank Lloyd Wright wrote to a former owner of the William Winslow House, 515 Auvergne Pl. in River Forest, Wright's first independent commission, when he signed the sketch that still hangs in the first-floor library. 

After over 120 years, the home's pristine condition is a reflection of the owners' commitments to following Wright's direction. 

The Winslow House will hit the market Dec. 16 for the first time since 1958, when Bill and June Walker purchased the home to raise their family. The asking price will be $2.4 million. 


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Peter Walker, who was 4 years old when he moved into the house, has been prepping the home since his mother died in April. 

Wright designed the house for William Winslow, a craftsman whose notable work includes the rounded corner entry way on the Carson Pirie Scott building in Chicago, the elevator grills in Wright's Rookery Building, and the metal fabrications in his own home. 

The 5,036-square-foot house has five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The property also includes a soon-to-be three-car garage with a one-bedroom apartment, and a third-floor bonus room. 

With nooks and benches in almost every room, the home was "built for entertaining," said Walker, recalling his parents' routine parties for up to 200 people. 

While everything about the house—the music room, the original floor plan, Winslow's wall sconces—is remarkable, Walker is still most amazed by Wright's vision when he stands outside his childhood home.

"When you stand in front of it, you think, 'My God, 1893—are you kidding me?'

"Nothing on the planet Earth looked like this at the time—nothing," Walker said. "...How in the world that came out of his (Frank Lloyd Wright's) head is beyond me... And he pulled out all the stops."

Find out more about the Winslow House here.
william savick December 05, 2013 at 07:41 PM
This is one of those homes that is absolutely riveting from every angle. It's the hallmark of what a home should be and whoever buys it will have a lasting treasure of contentment .
Deborah Dee George December 05, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Having toured two of his homes near Pittsburgh, PA. I admire anyone who has the joy to own this home. His vision was phenominal, to say the least. Saw his re-constructed appartment with original furnishings he designed. Nothing but love for his influence on the Mission style era.
charles Ewing December 06, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Would if they said what state River Forest is in.
Mary Andries December 06, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Barbara Kay Koontharana December 06, 2013 at 10:25 PM
His vision was all encompassing. I do, however, feel that the proportions he uses were inspired by Japanese traditional architecture.
Phil Collins December 07, 2013 at 07:15 AM
Will they take a Check ?
william savick December 07, 2013 at 09:47 AM
It would be fantastic to have a wealthy singer-celebrity like Phil Collins take over the house to maintain it in the custom it has been preserved .
Gregg Miller December 07, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Wow= $2m+. Bet is cost $1 to 2k to build.
Michael Jarosz December 08, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Whoever buys this, please remove the floral wallpaper
Leslea Knauff January 02, 2014 at 09:16 AM
I agree about the wallpaper. Get rid of the cabbage roses in the master bedroom and bath suite. That looks too 1980's. Otherwise, the house is just too beautiful for words.


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