During the Erickson house tour a Ukio-e (Japanese woodblock print) given to Willatsen by Wright when he worked in Oak Park was on display. It is a sweet item that I have had the pleasure of owning for about 20 years.
The Erickson House has been sold twice since the Wright’s moved into the city. The first owner left the property untouched (and, unfortunately not well maintained). Part of the display at the house was an array of photos showing the condition the house was in when the new owner undertook the heroic task of bring this gem back to life. Visitors came away with a heightened appreciation for the vision and courage required to take on such a task.
The new owner has reinterpreted parts of the house and we had an opportunity to explore in detail this work in process. Tours were by appointment. This limited the number of total tours that could be arranged. The opportunity came up with short notice and I was pleased we could accommodate a number of those who were available and do so with appropriate Covid cautions (masks, social distancing, etc.). Hopefully, there will be an additional opportunity in-the-near-future to offer another tour. An email will be sent when the next opportunity arises.
It is well worth the time to look closely at the original design themes and intents and to follow the goals and processes developed by the new owners. We are grateful they were willing to extend this generous invitation.