5 Famous Midwestern Homes to Tour

Over Easter weekend, my family got into an enthusiastic discussion about visiting the Miller House together once it opens May 10th. While we're all excited to see Dan Kiley's landscaping and the custom pieces by Alexander Girard and Eero Saarinen, we're also inspired by a memorable trip we took to Taliesin a few years ago. These are just two of the houses on my list of five, all perfect for day trips on a sunny summer weekend.

This list is by no means exhaustive — you could fill up a summer just touring Frank Lloyd Wright houses. But it does hit a few states and a few truly inspiring ideas, from early green designs to pioneering open floorplans.

1. The Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. The house was designed in 1953 for J. Irwin Miller and Xenia Simons Miller and features a ceiling designed to look as though it floats in places. Tours begin May 10th.
2. Alden B. Dow House in Midland, Michigan. The house, completed in 1941, is an early example of organic architecture, with extensive garden spaces.
3. Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1911. It was here that Wright experimented with new ideas, often in plywood.
4. The Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois. Designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1951, the significance of the house was recognized before it was even built and a model of it was displayed at MOMA in 1947.
5. The Charnley House in Chicago, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1891. The house, designed when Wright was Sullivan's draftsman, shows the groundwork of the Prairie School movement.

Image Credits: As linked above, other than Taliesin photo by Kathleen Luttschyn.

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.