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Frank Lloyd Wright-redesigned home in Oak Park asks $1.3M

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The William H. Copeland House, a rare home renovated by Wright, hits the market

Photos courtesy of Steven Hattan of Perfect View 3D

Even in the 19th century, architect Frank Lloyd Wright was in high demand. That explains the unique story and odd provenance of the William H. Copeland House, a palatial Oak Park home featuring a series of renovations and additions by the acclaimed architect that just re-entered the market, asking $1,295,000.

Located on Forest Avenue in the nexus of the Neil Park Historic District, the Copeland House is a rare Wright project that saw the architect renovating another architect’s work (he also remodeled the Peter A. Beachy House and Hills-DeCaro House, also located in Oak Park).

The 1873 structure was originally built for William H. Harman in then-fashionable Italianate style by an unknown architect. In 1908, new owner Dr. William Copeland, a well-to-do surgeon, hired Wright—whose home and office was just four lots down the block—to design a combination coach house and garage. Happy with Wright’s work on that addition, Copeland then contracted him to renovate the main house.

Wright’s proposed Prairie-Style design would be watered down, per Copeland’s wishes, but amid the wrap-around front porch, new tile roof, and reworked interior complete with custom woodwork, there remains touches, such as the low-pitched hip roof and modern interiors, that recall the new style Wright was then popularizing.

Sitting in a yard with 150-year-old oaks in the yard, the 2.5-story home boasts a sizable, 20-by-30 foot kitchen. Agent Steve Northey of Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate says the attic could easily be converted into a great master suite. He hopes a preservation-minded buyer is able to purchase and care for the home.

Previously on sale last year, the property took a $355,000 price cut this time around. Wright fanatics could find themselves in the midst of an historic district featuring a number of designs from the famous architect.

The exterior porch wraps around the front of the home.
The main floor features strong horizontal lines and a Roman brick hearth.
The light green and neutral paint tones are typical of Prairie School design, which is meant to evoke the natural surroundings.
The dining room boasts handsome woodwork and built-ins.
The home’s kitchen has clearly been updated since Wright’s 1908 makeover.
An upstairs bedroom, one of several.