“A good house of a good period for a good client.” This is what Frank Lloyd Wright wrote to Barbara and Robert Elsner in 1955 of their new home. The pair had recently purchased a 1917 property the architect designed, known as the F.G. Bogk House, and were curious if the visionary had come up with any landscaping for the home. Though he had no garden plans to offer, he maintained that the house was, in every way, “good.” Ever since, the home has remained with the Elsner family, who were loyal stewards to the home: preserving the interiors, restoring the paint to its original colors, and buying back original furniture that Wright had designed for the home. Now, for the first time in nearly 70 years, the family is ready to pass the property on to its next caretaker, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Listed through Melissa LeGrand of @Properties – Christie’s International Real Estate, the home is hitting the market with a $1.5 million asking price. Currently, the Elsners’ daughter, Margaret Howland, lives in the 6,700-square-foot home and said her favorite part of residing there is “how the light moves throughout the day through the house.”
Originally built in 1916, the Bogk house shows Wright’s undoubtable inspiration and appreciation for Japanese design. “The decorative elements of the Bogk House façade, the broad overhang of its green-tiled hip roof, the substantial lintel over the windows, and the concrete urns impressed with geometricized organic forms reveal his Japanese mindset,” the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation writes of the home. Not coincidentally, the home features many similarities to Wright’s Imperial Hotel—which he was preparing to oversee the construction of when he designed the Bogk House—as well as motifs from some of his other designs, including the use of sculpture (reminiscent of Midway Gardens) and its use of a monolithic façade (similar to Unity Temple).