Inspired by tallgrass prairie, which surrounded the river town of Kankakee, the B. Harley Bradley House is considered Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Prairie-style home. Designed in 1900, this house abandons boxy, ornamental Victorian architecture with an overall horizontal shape, overhanging eaves, an expansive living room and abstract leaded glass in nature’s colors.

Wright on the River takes you on a tour of this spacious house, which served as more than a residence over a checkered history that took it from birdhouse factory in the stable, to a popular restaurant and then a law office in the house. This National Register building on the banks of the Kankakee River has been beautifully restored.

After lunch, the excursion will visit the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago, the most famous of the architect’s groundbreaking Prairie houses. Completed in 1910, the house is recognized today as one of the most important buildings of the 20th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Excursion includes light snacks, lunch and transportation.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019


8:30 am - 5:30 pm, depart from Rookery Building, 209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago


General $185, FLWT members $170