However, plans shifted just a bit, and the home was built a few years later in nearby Glenview, IL—because the Carrs were charmed by the rural status of the town at the time.
It remains the only Wright-designed home in the Chicago suburb of around 50,000 residents, and it was featured in House Beautiful magazine in the 1980s.
For a Wright-loving house hunter, it’s now on the market, listed with Erica Goldman of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty for $1,695,000.
Goldman tells us, “We look at this home as much as a piece of art as a home to purchase. The family’s hope is that it goes to someone who’s preservation-minded.”
The Carrs sold the four-bedroom, 3.5-bath Usonian-style home to the Busche family in 1965. After Carol Ann Busche passed away earlier this year, her heirs are ready to let go of the unique property.
“The family has been there on a daily basis, and used it as a COVID retreat,” says Goldman.
Edward Busche’s architectural background came in handy for three seamless additions to the original Wright design.
He added a master suite, an extended dining room and a family room at the back of the house, overlooking the pool. He also added a shed, since the property does not have a garage (true to Wright’s designs, residents park under a carport).
In 1958, an in-ground heated pool was added, and a new roof was installed in 2005.
Iconic elements of Wright’s designs include the pierced-block windows, mitered-glass angled windows, over 30 sets of French doors opening to the outdoors, and Honduran mahogany throughout. The floors boast radiant heat, a desirable amenity in the chilly winters.
Privacy and seclusion are also plentiful.
“This is a complete, wooded oasis,” says Goldman. “You can’t see the neighbors.”
The home backs up to a nature preserve and sits on a 3-acre parcel. The Busche family also owns the adjacent 3-acre parcel.
“While it’s not listed,” says Goldman of the adjacent lot, “it could be incorporated into the sale in some way. The thought is that the buyer could build on that site and maintain this home for entertaining, or as a guesthouse.”
She also adds that it’s an “as is” sale but that “The new owner will get to put their own spin on it.”
Who will put in an offer and move in?
“Clearly, Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts and collectors,” says Goldman, adding, “Not necessarily a local buyer. This could be a country retreat for a city person. Or a second home.”
She notes that the proximity of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Executive Airport (for charter flights or private planes) is a potential lure for out-of-area buyers.
And if you’re not one of the lucky few to see this Wright-designed gem in person, peep the video below.