Tickets are now available for the internationally acclaimed Wright Plus 2012 housewalk, showcasing rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries in historic Oak Park, Ill.
Wright Plus 2012, which will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, features magnificent private residences from Oak Parkthe community with the most Wright-designed structures.
Guests will enjoy interpretations based on in-depth research of the homes' history and architecture, including discussions of the original occupants' lifestyles. This housewalk, which attracts visitors from around the world, offers intimate looks at a collection of beautiful homes lining the historic streets of Oak Park. Tickets are available at www.GoWright.org . Tickets are $85 for Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust members and $100 for non-members.
Along with the housewalk tour, the Preservation Trust also offers the Ultimate Plus Weekend, an exclusive four-day weekend of events Thursday, May 31-Sunday, June 3. As part of the Ultimate Plus Weekend, guests will enjoy a reception at the 1905 Wright-designed lobby of The Rookery Building in downtown Chicago on Thursday and a Friday excursion to Wright-designed buildings in Chicago's North Shore. Guests will enjoy the housewalk; a private luncheon and lecture and Exclusively Wright Dinners on Saturday; and a behind-the-scenes tour of Wright's Frederick C. Robie House on Sunday.
The Ultimate Plus Weekend Package is highlighted by a three-night stay in a deluxe room ( double occupancy ) at the historic Carleton of Oak Park, the official hotel of Wright Plus 2012, as well as transportation from the hotel to all events. For more information about the Preservation Trust and Wright Plus events, visit www.GoWright.org .
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