Frank Lloyd Wright's home hits the market for the first time

This rare Wisconsin home has never changed hands – until now. A pastoral Mount Pleasant mansion built by famed architect Frank Lloyd W...



This rare Wisconsin home has never changed hands – until now.

A pastoral Mount Pleasant mansion built by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1954 has gone up for sale for the first time – and its broker has been inundated with calls.

“I don’t expect it to last into the weekend,” said Re/Max Newport Elite’s Anthony Veranth Crain’s company in Chicago of the low-slung property, which hit the market on Saturday. By Tuesday, he said, he had already scheduled a dozen screenings.

The six-bedroom, eight-bathroom home is asking $725,000 for the “rare opportunity to own a work by America’s most prominent architect.” Buyers should expect to pay a bit above the list price, as Veranth warns that the home, while well-maintained over the years, needs roof repairs, among other updates. Including those in the payment puts the figure between $900,000 and $1 million, he told Crain’s.

Built by Wright for the family behind consumer chemicals company Johnson Wax, the 3-acre property is currently owned by a trust linked to the great-granddaughter of company founder Samuel Curtis Johnson. This great-granddaughter, Karen Johnson Boyd, commissioned the house from Wright and lived there until her death in 2016. Her widower, Bill Boyd, died in 2020.

Members of the Johnson family were big fans of Wright and commissioned him at least two other properties: their headquarters and a vacation home.

The main house is 4,978 square feet and sits on a ravine bluff overlooking Wisconsin’s Root River. It is located approximately 77 miles north of downtown Chicago.

“The dramatic and expansive Great Hall cantilevered over the ravine, emphasizing the continuity between indoors and outdoors”, claims the list of the complex, “blending with nature and maximizing the views”. All but one of the six bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom and a balcony overlooks the main living space.

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