Friday, November 26, 2004

Group wants to bring back Wright depot

There's no denying Frank Lloyd Wright left an indelible mark on Glencoe, the village where his attorney and friend Sherman Booth once lived.

In the Ravine Bluffs subdivision, seven homes designed by the father of Prairie style architecture still stand, as well as a one-lane vehicular bridge and three masonry sculptures.

But those designs plus a pair of residences along Sheridan Road don't represent the entire breadth of Wright's Glencoe work.

At one time, a waiting station Wright created for the now defunct North Shore electric railway stood near Maple Hill and Old Green Bay roads. The one-story structure, built around 1915, was demolished when the rail line went bankrupt and shuttered operations in the mid-1950s.

"Nobody realized it was even there," said John Houde, Glencoe's director of community development. "It got lost in people's memory."

Now, Houde and a group of Wright enthusiasts want to see the station rebuilt at its original site, a half block or so from the subdivision it used to serve.

Read more at Glencoe News

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