The Acres, also known as Galesburg Country Homes, was devised by a group of scientists from the Upjohn pharmaceutical company, who purchased the land in 1947 and approached Wright to design a collection of community homes. The famed architected agreed and sketched out 21 houses on round one-acre sites. Ultimately, only four of the properties were built, and a fifth home on the land was designed by a Taliesin fellow, Francis “Will” Willsey. In 2004, the neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The pair of homes are listed together for $4.5 million. According to Craine’s, the couple purchased each one for about $400,000, though put in much more for the renovation costs, which included updating all the appliances and adding new roofs. The price may be enticing for some—after all, a single Wright home in California is currently on the market for $3.825 million. Another one in Connecticut is asking $8 million, though it is significantly bigger, with 7,000 square feet.
The two Acre homes for sale are direct neighbors, though because of the large plot sizes, are separated by about two acres of land. According to the current owners, the homes could make a good vacation retreat for an extended family, offering a total of five bedrooms and two kitchens. The sale is represented by Victoria Krause Schutte of @Properties Christie’s International Real Estate and Fred Taber of Jaqua Realtors.
“These homes are restored with an eye for detail, and exactly as they were designed to be – they are art pieces as much as they are living spaces,” Schutte said in a statement. “This is an incredibly unique opportunity to own a piece of architectural history and become a custodian of Frank Lloyd Wright’s extraordinary vision.”