Architecture activities in Illinois
During Wright’s 10 years in Oak Park, he designed a whole heap of houses. Stop at the visitors center and ask for the architectural walking-tour map (usually a free, photocopied page), which gives their locations. Ten of them cluster within a mile along Forest and Chicago Aves; the homes are privately owned, so all gawking must occur from the sidewalk. Moore House is particularly noteworthy. First built in 1895, it’s Wright’s bizarre interpretation of an English manor house. In his later years, Wright called the house ‘repugnant’ and said he had only taken the commission because he needed the money. He claimed that he walked out of his way to avoid passing it.