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Oak Park should look to Gold Coast


Oak Park/River Forest is a world class tourist destination, drawing over 100,000 cultural travelers yearly to see Wright's architecture and the Hemmingway childhood home in a historic 20th century village.

Art Deco dances with Modernism on Euclid Avenue in Oak Park


Surprise is a powerful tool of architecture, having the potential to create memorable experiences.

A drive thru with a view of the future


It is exciting to see a new bank building design for a long vacant site at 715 South Blvd., in Oak Park. Building is symbolic of the public confidence in the future, being such a long-term commitment.   

The responsibility of the architect


Architects are trained to imagine in three dimensions how their design decisions will perform and how the style will fare in the future.

The making of an architect


Oak Park is a hot bed for free opportunities to educate and inspire young creative talent. We can all look back to moments that have influenced our lives and careers.  

Coonley House, a residence of high distinction


On a crisp spring afternoon my friend and associate Don Kalec and I traveled south to tour a piece of architecture that I had studied yet never visited, the Coonley House in Riverside.

Three reasons to expand FLW Historic District


The Historic Preservation Commission’s 11-member board is proposing that the Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District be expanded to match the current National Register Historic District boundaries.

Architecture is all about respect


Living in a community rich with architecture does not make the average homeowner an expert on the fine art of architecture.

The House of Cadillac may go green


In 1927, well known Detroit architect Albert Kahn designed and built the two-story Cadillac showroom and maintenance garage at 820 Madison Street in Oak Park.

Melding of Classical Revival, Walgreens well-done


Preservation is about change. Our buildings must be adaptable to survive. We need to envision new uses for structures that are obsolete by modern standards.

Take a walk and you're sure to see signs of life


One bright Saturday morning while on a walking loop through the village, I was delighted to see and witness a number of signs of improvement to our architecture and real estate health.

And The Award Goes To...


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The village of Oak Park received praise in the form of numerous awards at last month's Historic Preservations Awards held at Unity Temple.

Green concept has plenty of benefits


The ultimate way to invest in the Green movement is to maintain what we have. Fortunately, in Oak Park and River Forest we have a wealth of traditionally designed residential architecture.

Tax freeze program may be for you


We live in an idyllic historic community that is defined by its gridded tree-lined streets and a variety of traditional architecture. Twenty years ago we pictured our children growing up under this canopy of protective shade trees.

Intersection of real estate and Wright's architecture


While on a bicycle tour of houses in Oak Park, I stopped at a landmark home located at 334 N. Kenilworth that I have always admired.