The Chicago area has more Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings and residences than any other region in the world, but the historic homes around the Windy City are in varying states of condition. For example, you have the William Winslow House in suburban River Forest which looks pristinely preserved, but then you have other homes that need a bit of work. One of those houses is the Foster House and Stable in the West Pullman area.
Originally constructed in 1900, the house and stable on South Harvard Avenue is not your typical Prairie style home. Instead, this one features a Japanese-influenced flair and steeply pitched rooflines—something that is not exactly common in Frank Lloyd Wright designs. The house was designed for Stephen Foster, a real estate attorney who worked with developers around the West Pullman neighborhood. In 1996, the house was declared a Chicago Landmark.
Photos of the homes exterior and interior reveal some significant issues with the property. The wide eaves covering the home’s front porch appears to be drooping significantly, while the interior lacks almost no original architectural details. Of course, there could be some beautiful hardwood under the dark red carpeting. Either way, this home is going to require some time, effort, and money to get it back into shape. And being a historic landmark, owners will have to work with the city on making changes or alterations.
This genuine Frank Lloyd Wright home can be had for just $239,900.