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Oak Park Historic Districts

Oak Park is located in Cook County Illinois on the west side of Chicago, just 7 miles from the downtown Loop. Perhaps most widely known as the early home of America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park is an architecturally rich village with three historic districts and thousands of historic homes, apartment buildings and commercial properties.

Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District

This residential neighborhood contains the world’s largest concentration of early modern Prairie Style architecture. More than 20 of the 1,700 buildings that contribute to the area’s designation as a local and nationally recognized historic district, were built or remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright, including his own home and studio. Characterized by long, horizontal lines with broad, gently sloped roof lines and open floor plans, the clean and contemporary Prairie style homes are scattered among older architectural styles of Gothic Revival and Queen Anne, illustrating Oak Park’s transition from rural village to urban suburb.

Generally bounded by Marion Street and Woodbine Avenue to the west, Division Street to the north, Ridgeland Avenue to the east and Lake Street to the south, the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District is home to several historic Oak Park Apartment buildings:

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Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, the Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District includes two Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings, the George W. Smith House and the Unity Temple, a Unitarian-Universalist church built between 1905 and 1908. Another notable piece of architecture, the Art Deco style Oak Park Post Office on Lake Street, was designed by architects Charles E. White, Jr. and Bertram A. Weber in 1933. Numerous apartment buildings were built between 1905 and 1929, however, many architects included porches, sunrooms, bay windows and landscaped courtyards to their apartment building designs to preserve the suburban landscape.

Generally bounded by Harlem Avenue to the west, Superior and Lake Streets to the north, Austin Boulevard to the east and Madison Street to the south, the Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District is home to several historic Oak Park Apartment buildings, many with landscaped courtyards:

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Gunderson Historic District

Located in south Oak Park, the Gunderson Historic District consists of two related subdivisions of single-family and two-flat apartments developed by S.T. Gunderson and Sons. The single-family homes predominantly consist of American Foursquare architecture with Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts or Prairie style details, and comfortable floor plans. While Gunderson originally agreed with the majority of Oak Park residents and did not support the construction of apartments, he later acquiesced and began building two-family homes at the northeast edge of the second subdivision, located near Madison Street and S. Cuyler Avenue.

The first subdivision is bordered by Wenonah and Home Avenues to the west and east and Lexington and Fillmore Streets to the north and south. The second subdivision is home to two Oak Park Apartments, bordered by Gunderson Avenue to the west, Madison Street to the north, S. Ridgeland Avenue and S. Cuyler Avenues to the east and Harrison Street to the south.

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If clean, contemporary architecture, rich history and urban suburbs within an easy commute of Chicago sound appealing, then contact us about making the move to Oak Park.

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