Glencoe Weighs How To Save Cottage Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright
Photo credit Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 - 1959). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

GLENCOE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The village of Glencoe is working with a couple of organizations to try to save a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building from being demolished.The one-story Booth cottage is currently located in the 200 block of Franklin Road. Its new owners want it removed in order to build a new house on the property.Glencoe village manager Phil Kiraly said Wednesday the village is trying to keep the house intact and move it elsewhere in the village but adds the village would not be picking up the tab. The village has been talking with the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy and the Glencoe Historical Society.

"Relocation is probably tens of thousands of dollars, probably $70,000 to $80,000 to relocate, and then there are costs to bring the building back up, to restore the building," Kiraly says.  Renovation costs would be another $200,000, he estimated.

Barbara Gordon, executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, said the cottage was originally owned by Wright’s lawyer, Sherman Booth, and Booth’s wife, Elizabeth. "It’s really such an important part of the Glencoe story."  "You wouldn't throw out a Picasso or a sketch of a Picasso. That's how I would look at this building."Gordon said Glencoe should focus on the original portion of the building. She says the original cottage is about 1,100 square feet but that another 800 square feet has been added in the form of bedrooms and other spaces. Village manager Kiraly hopes a solution is worked out in the next few weeks.  If things don't work out toward keeping the building in Glencoe, he said people outside Glencoe have contacted the village in the hopes of moving the cottage elsewhere in Illinois.Still, he's hoping the end result is that it remains in Glencoe.When the new homeowners applied for a demolition permit, there was a 180-day waiting period. That period ended last Saturday, but Kiraly say that does not mean the small house could be torn down soon. He says that, in Glencoe, demolition cannot begin until a construction permit is approved. That has not been done yet.