By Mady Stoner
Posted On: Jun 14, 2022
Did you know Springfield is home to the only Prairie style house designed by Frank Llyod Wright in the state of Ohio? For many years Westcott House remained undiscovered – a lost Wright artifact.
Through the cooperative efforts of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the Westcott House Foundation, today the Westcott House is an important rediscovery and a revitalized example of Wright's legacy.
The Westcott House was originally built in 1908 for Mr. Burton J. Westcott, his wife Orpha, and their family. In the 1940s, the interior was significantly altered to be used as a multi-unit apartment building. This changed the architecture so much that it no longer reflected the design intent of Frank Llyod Wright.
Major renovations took place in the early 2000s to bring the house back to life and is now maintained and preserved by the Westcott House Foundation. The Foundation worked tirelessly to rebuild and restore the home to look and feel just as it was intended when it was originally built.
Now, guests are able to walk through and tour the magnificent home and all of its restored glory. At this time, tour tickets must be purchased in advance. To learn all about the home's history, and Wright's legacy taking a tour with one of the foundation's guides is highly recommended. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable on the home’s history and restoration project.
Tour Times: Current Docent-Guided Tour Times (Please allow 1.5 hours for this experience)
- Tuesday - Friday: 11AM & 1PM
- Saturday: 11AM, 1PM & 3PM
- Sunday: 1PM & 3PM
Note: They are closed on Mondays, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to explore this historical home during your next visit to Springfield!
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