Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house near Chicago to auction from $1.2 million

Glenview, Illinois – The John O. Carr House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950, is now available for auction, with $1,200,000 as the suggested opening bid (not the asking price).

Located on a picturesque three-acre lot in Glenview, Illinois, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath architectural gem is designed in Wright’s Usonian style and features the architect’s signature fluidity between indoor-outdoor living. The expansive floor plan includes many unique details common in Wright-designed homes, such as wood-panelled lofted ceilings, pierced block windows, slanted mitred windows, floor-to-ceiling windows, and Honduran mahogany throughout. The outdoor amenities of the house include a large private deck overlooking an in-ground heated swimming pool overlooking a surrounding nature reserve.

Before it was listed in 2020, the house was never publicly listed and only passed over ownership once, when it was purchased in 1965 by architect Edward Busche from its original owner, John O. Carr. Busche, a leading architect in the field, added three additions to the house in 1981 to increase living space, meticulously adhering to Wright’s blueprints and material choices to create seamless transitions between his updates and Wright’s original designs. .

According to Global Real Estate Advisor and Broker, Erica Goldman of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, the property has moved from a public real estate listing to an auction “to [it] for a wider audience, possibly a larger audience of art collectors/investors who may better understand and appreciate such a purchase.” Goldman adds that their team “spent quite a few months in the traditional market and had a few offers that ultimately fell short of the seller’s number”, further noting that this is a “strategic” move implemented for an offering like the Carr House that doubles as ‘a work of art’.

  • Located at 1544 Portage Run in Glenview, Illinois, the property is represented by Erica Goldman of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty. For the full list and video tour, visit Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty.

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