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Frank Lloyd Wright Homes a Tough Sell

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Joined: Mar 22 2003

Here is a link to a rather disturbing article on the difficulty some are having in selling their original FLW homes. Very disturbing and a stark reminder of just how stupid humanity can be at times. (That's assuming that the author of the piece knows what they are talking about and is telling the "whole" story...not necessarily a given.) Where is the historic preservation movement when we need it?

Joined: Oct 10 2003

well, to be fair, the sellers dont sound too motivated: one insists on making her money back, and who knows if that's realistic in her particular market. Also, the article mentions that the qualities that made these homes unique also make them less-than- perfect for modern buyers, who rightly expect modern conveniences.

When we were eichler shopping, we definitely passed up several are just wrong today (bedrooms too small, bathrooms like closets, kitchens like dungeons) but were surely acceptable during their time.

Hopefully these homes will find buyers who can accept the tradeoffs, because it would be a shame to see them flattened. Maybe once I win the lottery I can buy them all.

Joined: Aug 28 2003

We have taken many tours of Frank Lloyd Wright homes. Most were beautiful but the problem for modern home buyers are their kitchens. In those days the kitchen was not the center of the home as it is now and they were all sort of dark dungeony places relegated to the domain of the hired help--sort of the American version of "Upstairs, Downstairs". Many of Wrights clients were extremely wealthy and never cooked for themselves. I have seen a few remodeled kitchens that were beautiful and fit his style of architecture in the Oak Park area of Chicago.

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