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Discover Historic Oak Park Architecture

details of Frank Lloyd Wright studio museum

As one of our greatest cities, Chicago boasts many spectacular architectural landmarks and the Oak Park area is a jewel in Chicago’s architectural crown.

The area has three designated historic districts featuring examples of Prairie School, Queen Anne, Art Deco, and other notable design styles in residential and commercial buildings. Not only is Oak Park conveniently located close to the Chicago Loop, it’s a beautiful, vibrant, and historic place to live.

Here’s a quick introduction to Oak Park’s historic districts.

Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District in Oak Park

Most of us have heard of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He was instrumental in establishing the Prairie School style of design with its open interior spaces, clean lines, and broad, gently sloped roofs. Wright lived and worked in Oak Park from 1889 to 1909. Of the 1700-plus historic buildings in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, 20 were designed or remodeled by Wright.  The district even contains his home and studio.

Bounded by Marion Street and Woodbine Avenue to the west, Ridgeland Avenue to the east, Division Street to the north, and Lake Street to the south, the district is a wonderful area for relaxing walks that showcase the history of home design in the U.S.

Oak Park’s Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District

This district encompasses the area between Harlem Avenue on the west, Austin Boulevard on the east, Superior and Lake Streets on the north and Madison Street on the south. It boasts two buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright – one a home and the other a church, Unity Temple. There is also a gem of an Art Deco post office that dates to the early 1930s. The district has both single-family homes and a number of apartment buildings built between 1905 and 1929.

The Gunderson Historic District

This historic district features the work of one firm, S. T. Gunderson and Sons, who developed two subdivisions in southern Oak Park in the early 1900s. The first subdivision is located between Wenonah and Home Avenues on the west and east. It features a variety of American Foursquare homes. Although they share a similar architectural style, the homes were individualized with Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts, or Prairie School details.

The second subdivision is between Gunderson Avenue on the west and S. Cuyler Avenue on the east. Here the Gunderson company built both single-family homes and two-flat apartment buildings. These two-family homes were uncommon for the time since rental housing was opposed by some Oak Park residents. They were designed to be owner-occupied with the second flat serving as an income-generating rental property.

Come Home to Oak Park Apartments

Oak Park Apartments has over 60 apartment buildings with 1,500 apartment homes in Oak Park, Chicago, Forest Park, and River Forest. We’re sure to have a home for you. Our studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments feature modern amenities and are in beautiful buildings. Our buildings in Oak Park feature easy access to public transportation and a quick commute to downtown Chicago.

To find out about our apartments and current availabilities, call or text Oak Park Apartments at (833) 896-9936.

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