Architecture Fantasy Camp

East Facade pc

THE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT PRESERVATION TRUST, which manages Wright’s fabled 1895 Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois, above, and his Prairie-style Robie House in Chicago, has figured out a fund-raising scheme that goes way beyond mugs, calendars, and little stained glass doo-dads. (I don’t mean to sound snide, but I’ve visited a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright houses and the gift shop is always an important part of the experience.)

This is far better. It’s camp for grown-ups who love the idea of designing houses but never got around to architecture school — four consecutive evenings of creativity and learning in surroundings that can’t fail to inspire: Frank Lloyd Wright’s own barrel-vaulted drafting room, below.

Drafting room1 (HB)

They call it Architecture Fantasy Camp, which says it all. This year it runs from October 3-6. Here’s how the press release describes it:

Within the magical drafting room of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio, participants from around the world work with accomplished architects to plan and design a structure of their own creation. No architecture experience is necessary, as professional architects will help participants create a new addition to their home, remodel their kitchen, and design a picturesque dream home. Previous guests have used their work at Architecture Fantasy Camp to build their dream home.

Fun or what?

drafting room3 (HB)

The Preservation Trust calls it a “chance-of-a-lifetime workshop experience for architecture and design enthusiasts,” and indeed it sounds like one to me. I wonder if they all come out looking like FLW masterpieces?

Adults-Fantasy Camp (Pinc)

Tuition  is $850 for members and $900 for non-members. For more info and to reserve space, go here.

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3 Responses to Architecture Fantasy Camp

  1. ew32766 says:

    Oh my gosh, that sounds AMAZING! Thank you for posting about it!

  2. Hamptontoes says:

    This “camp” sounds absolutely fabulous! Oh, how I wish I could attend. I’ll have to add this opportunity to my list of things to do in life!

  3. Kathleen says:

    That would be an incredible experience.

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