Monday, December 31, 2007

Over the holidays I found myself visiting family in Springfield and Urbana.
One of the things Springfield was long proud of was having a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Unfortunately, it had been broken up into apartments & had fallen into disrepair.
The Westcott house was really more of an eyesore than anything to be proud of. Several years ago it was purchased and restored to it's original condition. ok, mostly. The organization in charge now offers tours & has the typical gift shop to boot.
I took the tour and, being a Wright fan, enjoyed myself immensely. It is hard, looking at the place, to realize it is 100 years old. The living room looks more like something from the 50s or 60s. Other rooms harken back to the 30s. Guy was definitely ahead of his time.
Another nice thing about Springfield's E High St. area is that some of the other, more traditional, homes are being restored as well.
Anyway, you, too, can visit the Westcott house in Springfield. Fun if you can't wrangle an invite out of somebody who actually lives in a Wright home. They have regularly scheduled tours.

Unfortunately, as I was about to post this, I saw this in the Spfld Noose Son:

Westcott House sprayed with graffiti

Unknown suspects spray-painted graffiti on the north and south sides of the Westcott House, 1340 E. High St., according to a police report.

The vandalism occurred some time between 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the report.

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