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Stunning Prairie School home with elegant sunroom asks $1.5M

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The suburban home was designed by William Drummond

Photos by VHT Studios and James Caulfield, courtesy of Stevie Sims, Coldwell Banker

For home buyers seeking a Frank Lloyd Wright, here’s the next best thing. The architect who built this north suburban home worked under FLW during the Prairie School heyday and also drafted projects for Daniel Burnham’s firm. In near perfect condition, this classic property is listed for $1,575,000.

The historic Ralph S. Baker House in Wilmette was designed by William Drummond in 1913 and many of the precious Prairie Style features have been delicately preserved. Documented in the Library of Congress, you can see that the exterior, some light fixtures, stained glass windows and millwork have remained the same.

Tons of light fills the living room thanks to the two rows of windows at the front of the house. The dining room is surrounded by three walls of windows too, making it feel al fresco all year long. The substantial brick fireplace is in great shape as well.

Library of Congress
James Caulfield

The roomy four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath house at 1226 Ashland Avenue comes with a recently renovated kitchen and master bathroom, leaded glass cabinetry, coffered ceilings, heated floors, a giant tub and steam shower.

The second floor features, aside from two bedrooms, a peaceful sunlit sitting room. The home is truly a dream, not only because the evening light casts artful, geometric shadows through the stained glass, but because the property feels secluded too. For how open and airy the inside looks, the tall pine trees and other leafy landscaping provide decent privacy and bring nature close.

James Caulfield
James Caulfield
James Caulfield
VHT Studios
VHT Studio
VHT Studio