People often say to us “Your house should be a museum!” and suggest that the town or some other entity take it over. That kind of comment is well-meant, but oblivious of the larger issues plaguing historic house museums. Thinking about the larger issues of historic preservation and use of historic and heritage sites remains critically important, and deserves as much creativity and innovative, practical thinking as can be brought to bear.

Engaging Places

On Monday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation sold Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois but don’t worry, it’ll still be preserved and open to the public.  It was acquired by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, who has been operating and managing the site for nearly four decades and I suspect will be there for many more.  In the 1970s, the FLWPT was a fledging organization that was attempting to save the Prairie-style home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, which had become badly deteriorated and cut up into a half dozen apartments by a private owner.  It didn’t have the ability to purchase the property when it came up for sale, so they partnered with the National Trust to buy the property.  The FLWPT would eventually repay the National Trust for its half of the $260,000 purchase price but in the meantime…

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My love of history and art was nurtured by living in a wonderful significant historical house for much of my life.
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