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Two Michigan homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright – widely regarded as the greatest American architect of all time – have gone up for sale under one listing for $4.5 million.

The listing is the first of its kind, as never before have two neighboring homes designed by Wright been offered together in one sale.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Eppstein House and the Pratt House, located at 11090 and 11036 Hawthorne Dr. in Galesburg, in 1948.

Both homes feature Wright’s trademark red floors, expansive windows and wood built-ins.

They are part of ‘The Acres,’ a 70-acre community that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Called ‘Usonian homes,’ they embody Wright’s concept for a simple, stylish dwelling designed for middle class-families.

The $4.5million listing for two homes designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright is the first in history

Never before have two of his homes – like this pair of residences at historic community The Acres – gone up for sale together

Each home is around 2,200 square feet and include features like Wright’s signature red floors, large windows and wood built-ins

Both houses have retained their original size, or building footprint, unlike most others designed by the architect.

‘These homes are historic works of art,’ the listing reads.

‘They exemplify Wright’s signature design principles, seamlessly blending nature, form, and function.’

The light-soaked Eppstein House dates back to 1953. Its low ceilings and sweeping windows are designed to seamlessly integrate the living space into nature.

A 10-foot floor-to-ceiling glass façade opens into a terrace that overlooks a blooming meadow. Two other terraces flank the home.

The interior includes two cushy living spaces, each with a fireplace, and built-in furniture that was designed by the architect himself.

Three large bedrooms are tucked away into the exterior berm, which is built into the ground. Outside, concrete and mahogany detail have been painstakingly restored.

The two homes are connected by pastureland.

The Pratt House, constructed in 1951, features an open floor plan and restored mahogany exterior.

The 2,200-square-foot home includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms all on one level.

It boasts a library and a larger entertainment space complete with 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace.

Similar to the neighboring home, its stretching windows and glass doors blur the lines between indoor and outdoor space.

Next to the main dwelling, there is a large office that once served as a pottery studio.

The Epstein house has low ceilings and sweeping windows

It boasts two comfortable living spaces, each with a functional fireplace

A floor-to-ceiling glass façade opens into a terrace overlooking a meadow

Three large bedrooms are hidden away into the exterior berm of the house

The built-in wood furniture was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright himself

Concrete and mahogany detail outside the home were carefully restored by the most recent owners

In 1947, researchers at the Upjohn pharmaceutical company in Kalamazoo were looking to settle into a modern community with affordable homes. 

 The Eppstein and Pratt residences were named for their original owners – Samuel and Dorothy Eppstein and Eric and Patricia Pratt – who built under Wright’s supervision.

Dorothy Eppstein died in 2010. After earning a chemistry degree from Michigan State University, she became a research secretary at Upjohn before volunteering for the Women Airforce Service Pilots in 1943.

She and Samuel, a research scientist, built their home from scratch – with Dorothy laying concrete blocks while pregnant. 

Eric Pratt died in 2011, while Patricia died in 2019. The couple met while attending Kalamazoo College. 

They raised four children in their home at The Acres.

In 2021, Marika Broere and her husband Tony Hillebrandt – a Dutch couple currently living in Toronto – finished an extensive restoration of the property. 

The pair had originally been looking for a weekend getaway when they stumbled upon the Eppstein House and began restorations after purchasing it in 2016.

They snatched up the neighboring house as soon as it went for sale and completed all restorations in five years. 

The Pratt House is named for Eric and Patricia Pratt, who asked Wright to design their home in 1947

The living space features an open floor plan and mahogany interior

The house includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms spread across a single level

It has a library/music room and larger entertainment space with 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace

Its expansive windows and glass doors are meant to blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors

The house also boasts a large disjointed workshop that once served as a pottery studio

‘Both homes embody the timeless elegance of Wright’s vision, where every detail has been carefully crafted to create an atmosphere of serenity and beauty,’ the listing reads.

‘There are endless possibilities – a private residence, a multi-generational compound, or an unparalleled investment opportunity.’

The property is conveniently located midway between Detroit and Chicago.

Realtor Fred Taber, of Jaqua Realtors in Portage, is the listing agent along with Victoria Krause Schutte of @properties Christie’s International Real Estate in Oak Park.

Wright is often credited as one of the greatest American architects of all time. He died in 1959 at the age of 91. 

His portfolio includes 1,100 designs and more than 500 projects.

Eight of Wright’s buildings were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list as cultural sites, and more than a third of Wright’s remaining structures are included on the National Register of Historic Places or are in a National Historic District. 

One of his most famous creations is the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, which opened in 1959 as a structure ‘having monumental dignity and great beauty,’ in Wright’s own words.

Another significant property is the architect’s winter home, Talesian West in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tucked away in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, it is now the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin.

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