Summer Brings Frank Lloyd Wright Into My Midwest Road Trips

It’s been a summer of Frank Lloyd Wright. It all started when I hit the pavement in my hometown of Mason City, Iowa. Here is where the Historic Park Inn Hotel is located, which is known to be the last known hotel in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. An affordable night stay awaits you in the heart of Mason City, Iowa.

Park Inn Hotel

The Muirhead Farmhouse is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright during his lifetime. Now being an Iowa farm girl, this Illinois farm house intrigued me. Driving to and from the house was an adventure in itself. Surrounded by country and all the feels of the midwest.

Bridge near Frank Lloyd Wright House

Designed in 1950 and constructed between 1951 and 1953. This property underwent a major renovation in 2003 and is now under the care of the Muirhead family.

Frank Lloyd Wright Farm House

Located outside of Elgin, Illinois, in a memorable farm setting. this one is worth a visit. Tours need to be booked ahead of time through here.

Wichita, Kansas surprised me as I stumbled upon the Frank Lloyd Wright Allen House. His famous prairie house design, which emphasized those recognizable horizontal lines, immediately told me this was one of Wright’s designs.

Frank Lloyd Wright House Wichita

It’s fascinating to me that I can now recognize Wright’s architectural properties as I kept stumbling on his stunning masterpieces this summer. Guided tours are available here.

I spent some time in Rockford, Illinois and learned that the Laurent House is a popular attraction in their community. I always enjoy chatting with the locals and one of them mentioned that they were home to a beautiful home designed by one of the greatest American architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. While dining on some of the best grass fed beef (from Iowa) at Franchesco’s Ristorante in Rockford I learned that Rockford is a community that prides itself on what Wright contributed to their community.

Franchesco's Ristorante Rockford

I’m not surprised that Frank Lloyd Wright kept popping up in my travels across the midwest this summer. What surprises me the most is that we have a lot of people in our local communities that do not see the value in these properties. His architecture is something that communities all across our country would love to be a part of.

Fall looks to include more Frank Lloyd Wright properties., as my road trips are being planned.The midwest is loaded with his work and it looks like my travel routes will connect us again. Stay tuned and follow through social media, as you never know where I will land.

*Thank you to Elgin, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; and Wichita, Kansas for hosting me.

 

 

 

 

 

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