We have Two Wright Homes in our Town

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Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno 450.004175

     We have two Frank Lloyd Wright homes in our town. Kankakee, Il. 

     Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) is famous the world over and his homes are known for some of the coolest, most innovative and striking design ideas ever built. Kankakee, IL is proud to have two Wright homes. Next door to each other too. One of them is privately owned and there are not a whole lot of people that have visited that home as long as I can remember. But the B. Harley Bradley home is a very different story. It's long history has several inspiring chapters, several chapters of struggles and near demise, and one single chapter of extreme sadness. 

The Bradley house is the very first home that FLW designed with his new Prairie Style design concept. Located on the banks of the Kankakee River (the cleanest river in the state of Illinois) it has a picture perfect view of the river, spectacular woodwork and stained glass interior design features that are timeless and a dedicated tour and gift shop team of workers who love what they do.

     During one of the tumultous financially strapped times several decades ago, parts of the original stained glass ceilings were actually sold by the previous owners to Barbra Streisand when they were in desperate need of cash. These ceilings were later recreated by a local stained glass master artist to the original specs of FLW for the renovation that eventually returned the home to it's previous glorious state. I'm sure Frank Lloyd Wright would approve. 

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Me at an Art Fair event chit chatting. 

Tours are available as well as a really nice assortment of special FLW gifts.

Check out this Kankakee Podcast about the Bradley house in the link below..

There is also a really well done PBS documentary An American Home about the  Bradley house. 

An American Home PBS special

Frank Lloyd Wright Podcast link

 

Scott Seaton-The Home Inspector With A Heart 

SLS Home Inspections @815-644-6271

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Comments (3)

Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Since my father is an architect, I've always loved Frank Lloyd Wright homes. It's amazing to have 2 in our town. 

Oct 28, 2021 12:40 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - interesting.  I still remember my Wright tour in Oak Park in your state as well as my visit to Fallingwater in Pennsylvania plus seeing examples in our area.   Thank you for the nice treat on this Halloween weekend.  

Oct 29, 2021 03:31 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Scott I've been a FLW fan all my life.  I grew up in a prairie house and it was awesome. All kinds of secret hiding places for us kids!!  And it's always so enjoyable to see other FLW homes as well as visit the FLW center in North Scottsdale.  I also saw all the FLW homes in Chicago....that was a very interesting tour.

Jan 19, 2022 11:03 AM