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And another one bites the dust

4 years ago

GLENCOE, IL — With the clock ticking on the potential demolition of an early Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Glencoe, a preservation group is soliciting proposals to relocate the structure in order to save it.

Although its new owners have offered no assurances they will not raze the historic home, at least one North Shore resident has expressed an interest in moving the Sherman Booth Cottage from its current location at 239 Franklin Road.

Wright, the most famous architect in American history and among the 20th century's most influential, designed the home in 1913 as a temporary home for Booth and his family. Booth, a founding member of the Glencoe Park District, was Wright's lawyer and business partner in the development of the the Ravine Bluffs subdivision, now listed on the the National Register of Historic Places. Elizabeth Booth, his wife, was a leading suffragette who helped make Illinois the first state east of the Mississippi to grant voting rights to white women.

After the Booths moved into a completed home at 265 Sylvan Road, their one-story cottage was moved about 300 feet to the south in late 1916 or early 1917, according to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, which, a century later, is looking for someone interested in moving the house again.

"While a number of modifications were made to the Cottage at the time of the original move, as well as since then, the signature elements of the Cottage's design, elements that tie it to Wright's later Usonian houses, shine through," according to a statement from the group accompanying a request for proposals for potential relocation "These elements include its flat roof, banded windows and strong horizontal lines."

My bolding of text above, and therein lies one of the huge problems for Wright houses in the Chicago area. Listing pictures HERE

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