Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oscar B. Balch House on Kenilworth Avenue in Oak Park went on the market Monday (March 28) and is currently listed at $1.25 million.
The five-bedroom house was built in 1911 and is easily identifiable with its many FLW-style characteristics, such as art glass windows, broad frame and a large brick fireplace in the main living room. The Balch House is the first project Wright was paid commission on after spending two years in Europe with his mistress. It is widely regarded as Wright’s triumph return to his architectural practice, according to Curbed Chicago.
The Balch House has received numerous makeovers over the past several years in order to make it livable for the 21st century. Updates from the original design include an expanded kitchen, added family room, air conditioning, mechanicals, and complements to the original light fixtures, according to Crain’s Chicago.
“We gave it 100 more years of life,” said current owner Tim Pearson, who purchased the property in 1999. The listing agent for the house is Greer Haseman of @properties. For more pictures and a virtual tour of the home, visit Chicago Real Estate Daily.