Isabel Roberts House: River Forest, IL
This house is one of 2 PERFECT Wright homes on the tour. Originally
built in 1908, it was renovated and updated by William Drummond in 1922.
The amazing thing about this home is that Wright came back to the house in
1958 to renovate and re-design the home.
It started life as a wood and stucco home. Drummond changed it to a
brick home and moved the doorway so it was not hidden in the "path of
discovery" that Wright was so famous for.
When Wright remodeled it again in 1958, he moved the door back to its original
location amongst many other changes.
The woodwork was changed to a blonde mohogany. The ceiling is designed
to match the stepped shape of the roof. The veranda was enclosed
to add balance to the cruciform shape of the house. It also was closed
around a tree. Look below at the level of effort that was made to
incorporate nature into the home.
All the original diamond patterned glass is still perfectly intact.
In 2000, a garage was added at the back of the house. It reflects the
original architecture perfectly.
Front View in May, 2003
This home is one of the 10 best Wright homes I've ever seen. When you
take into account that Wright revisited the design in a whole different era of
his career. The "late Prairie style" home was completely
re-done with a eusonian flair. Amazing. Pictures and words are
totally inadequate to appreciate this house. It must be seen in person.
Wright Plus 02 page
Return to FLW in Illinois Page