November 21, 2011 by Darren
If he wasn’t so happy being our DraftSight training specialist, maybe globetrotter Mark Lyons would have become a tour guide.
In case you missed it, Lyons recently shared his snapshots of celebrated Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes in suburban Chicago on the DraftSight Facebook page.
The city’s suburb of Oak Park contains the world’s largest concentration of Wright designs, with 25 buildings and houses created between 1889 and 1913. According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, Oak Park is where Wright practiced and perfected his Prairie Style architecture, which focused on low-profile buildings that maximize the use of natural light.
You can find an online map of these historic neighborhoods at the Oak Park Tourist Bureau, which also touts itself as the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway.
One of my favorite Lyons pictures is this gem that captures some gaudy Halloween decorations, which must have horrified the guides from the historical walking tours. It makes me think of all the historical societies that dictate what colors people can paint their homes and those hypersensitive condo associations that regulate flags, lawn ornaments and Christmas lights. Read More