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South Side home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright finally scores contract at $145K

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The landmarked West Pullman property has hopped on and off the market for the past three years

Coldwell Banker Residential

In West Pullman, an architecturally unusual—but characteristically slow-to-sell home—designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is finally under contract to sell after spending three years on and off the market.

Known as the Foster House and Stable, the South Side property was designed in 1900 as a summer residence for local real estate attorney Stephen Foster. Unlike the flat roofs, overhanging eaves, and broad horizontal lines of Wright’s better-known Prairie School style, the Foster House features a Japanese-influenced design with a steeply pitched roof with upturned corners.

Although the structure was designated an official Chicago landmark in 1996, the five-bedroom residence is a bit of a fixer-upper and will likely need some TLC. It also appears to have little in the way of original interior details—save for an arch-shaped brick hearth and wood trim in the living room, dining area, and foyer.

Like many Wright-designed homes, the Foster House has been slow to sell after hitting the market in April 2017 for $239,900. It reduced its asking price no less than seven times before finally settling at $145,000 in early March of this year. Listing agent Armond Boulware of Coldwell Banker could not be reached for immediate comment regarding the home’s pending contract.

A spacious covered porch runs along the side of the home.
The sunny dining room has wood trim and an old-school light fixture.
The open living area boasts a sturdy brick hearth surrounded by more red carpeting.
Not much appears to be Wright with the home’s bright yellow kitchen.