Chicago has recently opened up a one-of-a-kind Frank Lloyd Wright experience! You now have the opportunity to stay in one of the famed architects houses. After years of turmoil, the beautiful Emil Bach House has been restored for the purpose of offering people the chance to see Wright’s work with the opportunity to stay the night in the Chicago Landmark.
History of the Emil Bach House
The Emil Bach House was built in 1915 for Emil and Anna Bach. They reached out to Frank Lloyd Wright after becoming fans of his work, and made plans to build on their property that was a block from Lake Michigan in the East Rogers Park neighborhood. The Bach house originally had views of the lake, but as Rogers Park changed over time, high rise apartment buildings were built nearby, obstructing the view. The patio area became enclosed, too. These problems, along with the increase of traffic in the area, led to less interest in the Bach House for buyers.
The prairie style home was built after Wright returned from Europe, but before he was influenced by Japanese aesthetic, and is the only one left of its kind in the Greater Chicago area. The cubic home is known for its overhanging slab roofs with a geometric style. The Bach House is currently Chicago’s only Wright residence available for rental.
In 1977, the Emil Bach House was declared a Chicago Landmark. Soon after in 1979, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. These two designations most likely saved the Bach House from demolition over the years. The home went on the market in 2003 for $2.5 million, but failed to sell. It then went to public auction with an opening bid of $750,000. It finally sold for $1.17 million to a lady who wanted to preserve the land. In 2009, James Pritzker bought the house for $1.7 million and began restoring it in 2012.
Emil Bach House now for rent
Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes are truly unique, and having the option to sleep over in one is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The inside of the Emil Bach house is drenched in design that is inspired and different. It’s full of angles formed by layers of the house hanging over the windows. This geometric, layered theme continues throughout the living space, as well. You will be in awe of the design. The Bach House offers $12 tours for those aching to see some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s aesthetic. For $1495 per night, the home is available for rent. The Japanese Tea Garden is also available for rental, and can accommodate weddings, parties, and other special occasions.