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Location: Polo, Illinois
Architecture addicts know that Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence stretches far and wide, and today’s listing proves the point. The 2,522-square-foot house was built in 1962 by Verne Lars Solberg, a successful commercial architect in northern Illinois. While at the University of Oklahoma, Solberg met Ross and Eleanor Graves—whose father worked Wright’s land in Wisconsin—and it was Ross Graves who introduced Solberg to Wright’s organic style.
When a doctor in Polo asked Solberg to design a house, the architect was given free range to design whatever he saw fit; this Usonian-style, three-bedroom, two-bath stunner was the result. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
The recently restored home features original built-ins, cabinetry, and custom-designed lamps and furniture built by Solberg in the 1960s. The home’s south-facing orientation takes advantage of floor-to-ceiling windows and a rebuilt atrium.
Stone fireplaces and walls are examples of native materials, and the flat roofs and large cantilevered overhangs are exhibitive of Wright’s influence. Energy efficient concrete floors hide in-floor radiant heating, and the bathrooms also boast insulated and heated in-floor bathtubs.
The house sits on two acres surrounded by evergreens, fruit trees, and a 1/4-acre organic garden with raised redwood beds. The listing also includes a separate 500-square-foot studio that could work as a writer’s retreat or office.
Ready to relocate to Polo, a small prairie town about two hours west of Chicago? 11840 East Buffalo Street wants $325,000.