Friday, June 5, 2009

Conservatory & Frank Lloyd Wright

On Friday we took the train out to Garfield Park Conservatory. These botanical greenhouse gardens are nearly 100 years old. There are several (huge) glass buildings that house different types of tropical plants. They also have a desert and cactus house. Very impressive!

After we finished with the gardens, we boarded the train and headed further west to the village of Oak Park. We toured the home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. This national treasure has been carefully restored back to 1909.....the last year Mr. Wright lived there. It's full of wonderful details and original furniture.

We walked to Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. This is one of his most famous buildings. It's 100 years old and in need of restoration. It is on the list of "the 10 most endangered" historic buildings in the US. There is a huge fundraising effort underway to raise the cash needed to save this masterpiece.

The next few photos are what you see on a stroll through the Oak Park neighborhood. Many wonderful homes and gardens built between 1880 and 1910. This area has the most FLW homes in any one area. It's amazing to just take a casual walk and see these homes right there in front of you. We had great weather and truly enjoyed our time in this quaint village.

Next post will include the Baha'i Temple and Millennium Park.....stay tuned!

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