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Frank Lloyd Wright's first Prairie School house features singular tulip windows

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Frank Lloyd Wright's B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, Illinois, marked the beginning of the architect's Prairie School movement. The residence is widely recognized as one of the earliest and probably the first, Prairie School design by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Constructed in 1900-1901, the residence--like many Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School designs--features art glass windows that drew inspiration from local plants. The Bradley House's tulip windows are intact, and the art glass adds form and function. Wright used the plant-inspired glass screens to add privacy, but also beauty, connecting the indoors and the outdoors. The tulip art glass design was used only in this residence, situated along a picturesque riverbank.

The restored Bradley House once served as headquarters for a small bird house factory. The Bradley House now stands as an interpretive museum open for guided tours, as well as events. Renovated stables house a gift shop. For Frank Lloyd Wright fans, this house is a special treat because across the lawn is another Wright-designed residence. Though not open to the public, visitors can observe the exterior architecture of the home.

For more details about the B. Harley Bradley House, click this link.

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