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Tours mark Wright's 150th birthday
2017-06-21

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust marks the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth on June 8 as it launches its 2017 summer schedule.

Chicago is where Wright spent the first 20 years of his career during a time when he was at his most prolific. The Chicago area has more Frank Lloyd Wright buildings than anywhere in the world.

The 150th anniversary of Wright's birth will be integrated into the trust's seasonal tours:

—The Wright Around Chicago guided bus tour with expert commentary visits Wright sites in Chicago and Oak Park, including Wright's Oak Park Home and Studio and the surrounding historic district; the Frederick C. Robie House; and The Rookery Light Court, Wright's remodeling inside a historic skyscraper. The day-long tour is offered Mondays and—new for 2017—Saturdays, June through October. Cost is $150 and $125 for trust members. Visit flwright.org/wrightaroundchicago for more information.

—With commentary by an expert guide, the Pedal Oak Park bicycle tour stops at 21 Wright sites in the Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District. The two-hour tour is offered at 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, June through August. Admission is $45 ( $40 for trust members ) and includes bicycle rental. Visit flwright.org/pedaloakpark for more information.

—Step inside one of Frank Lloyd Wright's more intimate homes on the tour of the Emil Bach House in Chicago. Meticulously restored to its original 1915 appearance, Emil Bach House is open for public tours 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays, May through September. Admission is $12 adults and $10 for students, seniors 65 and older and members of the military. Visit flwright.org/bachhouse for more information.

—A special for the 150th anniversary of Wright's birth is the Prairie Style Passport. Visit three out of six of Wright's participating Prairie-style buildings and receive a complimentary tour of Wright's Oak Park Home and Studio. Participating sites include B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, Ilinois.; Susan Lawrence Dana House in Springfield, Illinois; Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, New York; Unity Temple, Oak Park, Illinois ( after July 1 ); Meyer May House in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago. Download the Prairie Style Passport at flwright.org/passport.


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