Throughout the 1800s, the Fox River Valley experienced a population boom as farm communities blossomed along the prairie. The region drew the attention of both early settlers and wealthy Chicagoans seeking a rural getaway from the rapidly industrializing city.
Tour Fabyan Villa, Colonel George and Nelle Fabyan’s retreat turned permanent residence. Wright’s 1907 comprehensive remodeling of the original home created a focal point for the family’s expansive riverbank complex. Afterwards stroll through the estate’s c. 1910 Japanese Garden, designed by famed landscape architect, Taro Otsuka.
After lunch in charming downtown Geneva, continue on to the faithfully restored Muirhead Farmhouse. Tour Wright’s Usonian solution for a working farm and a growing family. An award-winning restoration won the site a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
Excursion includes light snacks, lunch and transportation.
Extend your Wright Plus 2019 weekend to join this enjoyable day trip.
Monday, May 20, 2019
9 am - 5 pm, departs from the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL
FLWT members $195; non-members $215
Photos: Courtsey of Muirhead Farmhouse and Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley (Fabyan Villa).