One of the crown jewels in greater Chitown's enviable collection of homes by Prairie School godfather Frank Lloyd Wright just reemerged after a two-year rehab looking fresh to death. Curbed Chicago's got a big batch of glamor shots up showing the new state of the 1915 Emil Bach House, one of the last homes Wright designed for a small urban lot. Jennifer Pritzker, heir to the vast family fortune that funds the legacy-making prize named after them, bought the house in 2010 for $1.7M, later enlisting the experienced Wright restorers at Harboe Architects to return the home to something approaching its original appearance. Starting May 7, the city and national landmark will be available as a vacation rental and event space, with tours given during the summer.
Harboe was selected for its long list of other Wright restorations— including the Beth Sholom Synagogue, Chicago's Unity Temple, the Lego-immortalized Frederick C. Robie House, and quite notably, Wright's former winter home and studio Taliesin West—and as they explain, the house was in "pretty good shape" when they started working in late 2012, aside from previous renovations that had removed "most of the interior surfaces" and some of the exterior stucco and wood trellises. If booked before the end of May, the entirety of the two-bedroom home is available for $750 per day, but starting in June, the rate jumps to $1,495 for a night stay or an event lasting more than four hours. Look it over below, and head to Curbed Chicago for even more photos.
· Inside Frank Lloyd Wright's Fully Restored Emil Bach House [Curbed Chicago]
· All Frank Lloyd Wright coverage [Curbed National]