This Rare 1909 Frank Lloyd Wright Home With a Cathedral-Like Living Room Asks $900K

As one of the few remaining Wright designs with a two-story living room, this century-old residence is ready for new owners to reinstate its former glory.

Set on a wooded lot in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Illinois, the 1909 Frank J. Baker House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright during his time experimenting with ‘T-shaped’ floor plans and two-story living rooms. 

The 4,800-square-foot home is a classic Prairie design by Wright, with a strong horizontal orientation, low-hanging roof, and deep overhangs. Available for the first time in over 60 years, this historic home is looking for its newest owners.

Surrounded by a natural landscape, the low-lying structure appears to hover close to the ground. The simple stucco and wood exterior and rows of windows are characteristic of Wright's other Prairie-house designs built between 1900 and 1914.

Surrounded by a natural landscape, the low-lying structure appears to hover close to the ground. The simple stucco and wood exterior and rows of windows are characteristic of Wright’s other Prairie-house designs built between 1900 and 1914.

Photo by VHT Studios

According to local historic records, a series of similar ‘T-shaped’ homes were built by Wright around the same time, with this one being a rare remaining example of those with a two-story living room. 

These historic qualities have granted the Baker House a spot on the list of the National Register of Historic Places, as well as protected status in Wilmette. While some work may be needed to fully restore the home, its many period details remain intact. 

A 22-foot long dining area is revealed once through the entry way. Diamond leaded glass windows run along the wall, complemented by wooden trim and a pitched ceiling.

A 22-foot long dining area is revealed once through the entry way. Diamond leaded glass windows run along the wall, complemented by wooden trim and a pitched ceiling. 

Photo by VHT Studios

The dramatic, cathedral-like living room features a ceiling that appears to cantilever out from a second-floor loft, giving the impression the space is supported by a continuous row of windows.

A dramatic two-story living space is the heart of the home. Seven-foot-tall bookcases envelope the room, which, along with the dark wooden floors, lends a library-like atmosphere.

A dramatic two-story living space is the heart of the home. Seven-foot-tall bookcases envelope the room, which, along with the dark wooden floors, lends a library-like atmosphere.

Photo by VHT Studios

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