Wheelchair-Easy Wright House For Sale
Rockford, IL - A campaign has been launched to save the only-known handicapped-accessible Frank Lloyd Wright home and convert it into a museum. Any art collector of ArtKabinett network would be proud to hang their artworks in this iconic residence. The newly-formed preservation society is calling on the community to help buy the "Laurent House", and keep the original contents together as a collection. It's a vital part of the town's history and would attract tourists, the local Registar Star reported. The Laurent House Foundation, founded about two years ago, has been meeting and fundraising in the hopes of placing the winning bid. The house, located at 4646 Springbrook Road, is the only Wright house in Rockford. It was built between 1949 -1952, and was described by Wright as a 'little gem.'" It was commissioned and built for Kenneth Laurent, a World War II veteran, injured in battle. His wheelchair disability featured in the design of the house. It contained wide rounded hallways and low fixtures and fittings, as shown here.. The sale will help Laurent and his wife to move to an assisted living facility. The six-room ranch style property sits on 1.2 acres of thickly-wooded land. The house and original Wright-designed furnishings have been listed for sale since January 2011 by local Realtor Diane Meltmar of Gambino Realtors Inc. for $875,000. If it doesn’t sell within the next few days, the house will be auctioned Dec. 15, 2011. The minimum bid, which has not yet been disclosed, will be less than $500,000, said Richard Wright of Wright Auction in Chicago. He is working with Meltmar on the auction. The property features three bedrooms and two bathrooms, it has flowing and gently curved spaces, perfect for family living. It displays a custom made interior design, with several valuable masterpieces Including Wright designed furniture, ironwork, lighting all included in the sale. Some of the items sold with the home, are a pair of barrel chairs, panel armchairs, six hassocks, various tables, wrought iron fireplace grates, slatted wall lights and decorative screens. This is a one-of-a-kind residence and a rare opportunity to purchase a piece of design history.