Wright project demolition could face opposition

July 9th, 2019 2:03 PM

By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The public will get its first chance to weigh in on the proposed demolition of a historic house at 925 Chicago Ave. to make way for an 8,000- to 9,000-square-foot Frank Lloyd Wright education facility and visitor center at a meeting of the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission.

The meeting will be held at Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., room 201 on Thursday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Douglas Gilbert, a former chair of the Historic Preservation Commission and a former member of the Oak Park Plan Commission, tells Wednesday Journal that opposition is mounting to the demolition of the historic house (see Viewpoints, page 30).

Gilbert said he supports the plan to build a visitor and education center but opposes the demolition of the house, which was likely built in the mid-1880s. Gilbert also said he opposes removal of the building, an option offered by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

He noted that the house was built prior to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, which will be adjacent to the new center.

* This story was updated to correct the size of the proposed new building. 


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