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George Smith House (1898)

George Smith House

The George Smith House last sold in March of 2023.  View the listing on Zillow here.

Photo Credit: “George W. Smith House” by Teemu008 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Wright's Early Career

Historic Oak Park, Illinois boasts 23 structures either designed or remodeled by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Of those 23, one is his original home and studio. Another is a home Wright originally designed for engineer and inventor Charles Roberts in 1895, but not built until 1898. Later occupied by George W. Smith, a salesman for Marshall Field & Company, the house is barely reminiscent of the Prairie Style homes that Wright was later to build, and bears a few styling features that were used years later when he designed the Unity Temple (also in Oak Park).
Other than the steep roof lines and narrow chimneys, one striking feature of the home is the upturned ends of the roof (almost evoking a Dutch-like look & feel). The home is certainly though, an excellent example of Wright’s earliest architectural period.


This home is privately owned and not available for tours. 

Please respect the owners’ privacy and do not trespass on the property.


404 Home Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois

Contributing Property

On December 8, 1983, the G.W. Smith home was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and included as a contributing property within the Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District.

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Architecture and home design have always fascinated me. As a young girl I enjoyed drawing floor plans, rearranging my parent’s furniture and playing with Lincoln Logs and Legos.  My passion has always been the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Since I have been old enough to drive a car, I have visited Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Chicagoland area and attended the Wright Plus house walks. Now, as co-owners of Northern Sky Designs, my husband & I are able to combine our website design skills and FLW travels to bring you this website! Enjoy!

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