kenneth laurent house’ by frank lloyd wright, rockford, illinois
all images courtesy of wright
prairie school architect frank lloyd wright’s ‘kenneth laurent house’ in rockford, illinois is up for auction by chicago-based
international auction house wright. designed for a wheelchair-bound veteran and constructed between 1949 and 1952,
the residence is the architect’s first exploration of an open plan arrangement within the form of an ellipse, which recurrently
appeared in his work throughout the 1950s. the 2,500 square foot dwelling arranges three bedrooms and two bathrooms
within a flowing and gently curved space to provide accessibility for the inhabitants.
the laurent family frequented taliesin, wright’s personal home in spring green, wisconsin which eventually led to
the commission of the residence’s custom interior furnishings and later addition. a pair of barrel chairs, panel armchairs,
six hassocks, various tables, and wrought iron fireplace grates are included in the sale. other original furnishings from
taliesin include a dining table and chairs, slatted wall lights and decorative screens. occurring on december 15, 2011,
the single story structure and 1.3 acre property which has been maintained by the original owners since its creation
is projected to sell for 500,000 to 700,000 USD.
sitting area overlooking veranda
detail of inlaid wooden screen
exterior of the home and property