Open House: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bradley House

This Kankakee home is credited as launching the master architects' prairie style. It's on the market for $1.9 million and a preservation group is hoping to raise enough funds to buy it before a June deadline.

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Wright in Kankakee
This Kankakee home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is credited as launching the master architects' prairie style and is on the market for $1.9 million. A preservation group called "Wright in Kankakee" is hoping to raise enough funds to buy it before a June deadline.
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Mike Cermigano
Wright build his Prairie houses in Chicago and the surrounding area, mirroring the Midwestern landscape and veering away from the popular European-style architecture of his time.
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Wright in Kankakee
Wright in Kankakee wants to purchase and open Bradley House as a museum and education center. "We hope to lease [bedrooms] to small non-profits to help generate monthly income," said Elisabeth Dunbar, Wright in Kankakee's president, about the home's seven bedrooms.
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Wright in Kankakee
The Bradley House has 6,000 sq. ft. of living space and a storied history. Wright built each of his homes with a specific owner in mind, in this case for B. Harley and Anna Bradley in 1900. The Bradleys lived in the house until about 1913.
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Wright in Kankakee
The home has since been used as a restaurant, a bed and breakfast, a bird-house making factory and a residence. It has been owned by celebrities and media moguls -- and one owner was even buried alive by kidnappers.
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Wright in Kankakee
The sitting room overlooks the Kankakee River. The house sits on one acre of land, with 360 feet of waterfront property. Immediately north of the Bradley House lies under Frank Lloyd Wright home, The Warren Hickox House, also built in 1900.
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County News Center
The home has two floors and a breezeway. The second floor landing, shown here, is well lit.
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Wright in Kankakee
The home was added to the National Register of Historic places in 2009.
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The stable in back was once used as a bird-house making factory by the home's second owner, Joseph Dodson. At one time, Dodson was the president of the National Audubon Society.
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A breezeway joins the house to a stable in the back.
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Wright in Kankakee
This room was once an open sun porch, but is now enclosed with glass.
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The living room has an oversized bay window.
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Wright in Kankakee
One of the highly stylized windows from the home recently sold at auction in New York for $15,000.
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