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William F. Ross House

1027 Meadow Rd., Glencoe
Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, 1915

 

Significance: The residence is one of six in Ravine Bluffs, a development designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1915 and commissioned by Wright’s attorney, Sherman Booth. Five of the homes, including this one, were designed as rental properties and are variations of Wright’s famed “fireproof house for $5,000” which was published in Ladies Home Journal in 1907.  The entire

 
 

development is listed on Glencoe’s honorary Heritage List and the state’s historic survey. 

 

Current Condition and/or Status: The house has been vacant for two years and has fallen into disrepair. Last winter, the heating pipes burst which has caused further damage.

Potential Threat: The property is for sale and is being marketed for the house “as is” or the land, which is less than a quarter-acre site. If torn down, it would be the first intact Wright house to be demolished in the United States in over 30 years. The listing on the Glencoe Heritage List only imposes a 90-day delay if a new owner seeks a demolition permit.

What You Can Do: Urge Glencoe officials to work with potential buyers on a potential renovation plan and to give assistance in whatever way possible, including encouraging local landmark designation and use of the state Property Tax Freeze Program for rehabilitation.

Other Contacts: Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Ron Scherubel:

Photos: 1 Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph 1914-1923, Futagowa and Pfeiffer, A.D.A.Edita Tokyo, 1985; Vol 4, p 73, figs 116, 117, courtesy the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; 2, 3 Baird & Warner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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