The Allen Friedman House (1956) in Bannockburn, Illinois, one of the last designed by Wright and built after his death, was in excellent condition when a threat arose in 2001. The house had been listed on Wright on the Market for nearly a year before a reporter called the Conservancy upon learning that a potential buyer had approached the Village of Bannockburn seeking information about a demolition permit. The Conservancy met with the prospective buyer and his attorney and discussed alternatives to demolishing the house. An intensive search was initiated to locate another suitable lot on which to build his new house, and to find another preservation-minded buyer for the Friedman House. The buyer cancelled the closing at the last minute for undisclosed reasons. The issue had already received considerable local and national media exposure, which may have convinced him not to become the first person in more than 30 years to intentionally demolish a Frank Lloyd Wright house. The house was placed back on the market. Within weeks, both the Conservancy and the listing agent received several inquiries about the house, and happily a suitable new owner surfaced who has lived in and maintained the house in excellent condition.
Posted on February 15, 2001