A suburban home that began life in 1912 as a private elementary school designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright is back on the market. Known as the Avery Coonley Playhouse, the historic property recently received additional renovations and returns with a lower asking price.
Located on the grounds of Wright’s larger Avery Coonley House in Riverside, Illinois, the former schoolhouse reflects many of the designer’s trademark concepts such as a projecting slab roof and contrasting horizontal and vertical elements. Wright called the structure a “playhouse” because it has a stage capable of hosting performances.
In 1917, architect William Drummond expanded the structure and converted it into a home. Over the following decades, the playhouse underwent multiple modifications, additions, and—more recently—restorations that are respectful of Wright’s original vision. The reproduction art glass windows with their playful, almost confetti-like designs remain the stand-out feature.
The Avery Coonley Playhouse listed last summer for the first time in almost four decades. It now returns with additional modifications. “The current owners spent the last few months working to make the house more move-in ready,” listing agent Mike McCurry tells Curbed Chicago. “They focused on the bedrooms, family room, and other areas that needed attention.”
The unusual school-turned-home is seeking $750,000, down from its 2018 asking price of $800,000.