Few people will ever have the chance to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright home. But thanks to a Chicago billionaire, a lot more people will get the chance to at least sleep in one.
The Emil Bach House (7415 North Sheridan Road) in Rogers Park is undergoing an extensive restoration. When it’s done it will be used for private events, and also welcome overnight guests.
The house is being renovated by Tawani Enterprises. Its C.E.O. is J.N. Pritzker, who bought the house in 2009 for a reported $1.7 million. Harboe Architects designed the renovation which is expected to be completed in July of this year. According to the restoration blog:
The Bach house was commissioned by brick tycoon Emil Bach in 1915. It is considered an excellent example of late Prairie School architecture, and one of the finest surviving Wright houses in the nation.
Because of its location and zoning, preservationists have long worried about this house’s future. The renovation happening now pretty much insures that it won’t be turned into a condo block any time soon.
You can watch the progress of this historic renovation on the building’s official blog: Emil Bach House