5 Frank Lloyd Wright Homes You Can Buy Right Now
Few architects are as well-known as Frank Lloyd Wright. He’s one of the most famous and prolific American architects to have ever lived, designing hundreds of structures, from museums and monuments to schools and private homes. And although he died 60 years ago, his legacy is ever-present across the country.
Despite his legendary status, it is possible to own a Wright home—and you don’t have to shell out an arm and a leg. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy maintains a list of all the FLW-designed homes on the market at any given time; there are currently 13 for sale across the country. They range wildly in price (the cheapest is just $175,000) and size, but they all contain signature Wright details. Here are our top five:
Asking price: $650,000
Roof and wall slabs that enclosed a school now make up this Riverside, Illinois, home (pictured above). Designed in 1912, the 3,503-square-foot space is flooded with sunshine thanks to openings in the cantilevering roofs. Per usual with Wright’s floor plans, the fireplace is the focal point of this lovingly restored home, featuring two beds and two baths. Rectangular stained glass windows let the sunlight dance across the interior.
David and Gladys Wright House
Asking price: $9,999,999
Inspired by the iconic Guggenheim Museum in New York, this home in Phoenix, Arizona, is one of three spiral-shaped houses that Wright designed. Spanning 2,200 square feet on a nearly six-acre lot, it comprises three bedrooms and includes a one-bedroom guesthouse, which was recently restored. The main house, however, needs some serious TLC, but it includes a reproduction of Wright’s colorful “March Balloons” carpet.
Asking price: $175,000
It’s hard to believe, but you can own a nearly 120-year-old Wright home for less than $200,000. This 2,408-square-foot home in Chicago was designed in 1900, featuring five bedrooms and three baths. The cheerful yellow exterior leads to spacious living areas and a cozy fireplace, perfect for entertaining. Some original woodwork remains, but the kitchen, painted an unfortunate lemon yellow, is in need of a renovation.
Asking price: $2.85 million
Everything’s bigger in Texas. The William Thaxton House in Houston has more than 8,000 square feet of living space—but 6,300 square feet of that was added in 1995 when Kirksey Architecture designed a contemporary addition that includes a large central courtyard and pool. The original structure maintains its polished concrete floors, redwood and mahogany woodwork, and built-in furniture.
Coonley Coach House
Asking price: $995,000
A private walled garden, boasting a lily pond, is a huge part of the appeal of this 1907 Wright design in Riverside, Illinois. The 3,417-square-foot house was meticulously restored, including the original Kyoto art glass windows and 18 original fixtures. Enjoy views from every room of this three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath gem.