Frank Lloyd Wright Homes in Kankakee: Bradley House and the Hickox House
The world famous Chicago architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed two homes in Kankakee, the B. Harley Bradley Home and the Warren Hickox House. They were built for two siblings, Anna Hickox Bradley and Warren Hickox.
The Bradley House is remarkable for two reasons. First, many consider this house to be Wright's first "Prairie Style" home, a style which would dominate his work for the next decade. Secondly, even though it is in the middle of the city, perhaps no other home Wright built in Illinois better fulfilled his idea of bringing the outdoors inside as his Bradley House. In many rooms in both the first and second stories, there are large bands of windows providing nearly panoramic views of the gardens below and the Kankakee River beyond. It is little wonder that Joseph Dodson, a one-time president of the National Audubon Society, chose this house in which to retire and enjoy the natural surroundings from 1915 until his death in 1949.
Many residents of the Kankakee area best remember the home as The Yesteryear restaurant, which by all accounts was the premiere dining venue in the city from 1953 to 1983. The restaurant was owned by a couple of veterans, Marvin Hammack and Ray Schimel, and it is still remembered fondly today. Today, the big annual fundraiser for Wright in Kankakee, the not-for-profit corporation that now owns and preserves the Bradley House and gives public tours, is the Relive The Yesteryear Years dinner.
The pictures above and below were taken during a light December dusting of snow.
Pictured above and below are views of the Hickox House, which is next door to the Bradley House. Notice the horizontal lines under the overhangs, which can be seen in Bradley House above. The Hickox House is privately owned and not open for tours.
To see a short video on the Bradley House by the Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau, click below.