FOR THE PRICE OF A PERFECTLY ORDINARY Brooklyn brownstone, you can get a 16-room, 6,100-square-foot house designed by none other than America’s arguably most important architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s the Isidore Heller house in Chicago’s Hyde Park, which has hit the market with a $2.5 million price tag.
Wright would no doubt by horrified by how the current owners have filled the place with tchatchkes. Hopefully someone more tastefully deserving will come along to buy the 7-bedroom house, with its 33 stained glass windows, four fireplaces, and a working elevator.
The house is a classic example of Wright’s signature Prairie Style, though with higher ceilings and larger rooms than many he designed in that period.
It seems to me that Chicago is under-priced, and Wright’s work generally undervalued. What do you say?