Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright Riverside The Avery Coonley Playhouse

Published by ChiTownView on Jan 16, 2013
Riverside IL. Is a small community of twisting, curving lanes that was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted a name given vivid life in the book The Devil & The White City. Mr. Olmsted was the landscape architect who designed the 1893 Columbia Exposition and Central Park in New York. Here he has created a small village tucked along a river and it is full of beautiful homes. If you are coming to Oak Park to see the homes of Frank Lloyd Wright you might want to spend an afternoon here. It's only about ten minutes away.

It is also home to three Frank Lloyd Wright designs and this one at 350 Fairbanks is one of two he did for the Avery Coonley family. This one was built in 1912 as a kindergarten school for the Coonley children and other neighborhood children. It has since been converted into a home also the original art glass has been replaced by copies of the iconic "balloons & confetti" design.

Just down the street is the Coonley home/complex a deceptivley subtle masterpiece that many call Wrights greatest design. Including Wright himself. We are preparing a video clip on it right now and it should be up in a couple of days.

This series is presented by ChiTownView & produced byMindsiMedia. We are assembling a complete collection of Wright designs still standing in the Chicago area here is a link to a playlist where they are collected.

MindsiMedia has several channels on YouTube and other video sharing outlets you can access all of them from our web portal at

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