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Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff

Historic Houses of The Arts & Crafts Era

by Lori Viator on September 24, 2013

in Travel

ABOVE: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff.

Here are nine American icons of the Arts & Crafts movement, from New York to Pasadena, all open to the public. Or look ’em up online.

Boettcher Mansion of Lookout Mountain Boettcher Mansion of Lookout Mountain

BOETTCHER MANSION OF LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Golden, Colorado (just outside Denver) The 1917 Arts & Crafts mansion (also headquarters of the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society) has dramatic cathedral ceilings with carved beams, a massive stone walk-in fireplace, and some original hardware and lighting. It is situated on 110 forested acres with views of the Continental Divide and the Colorado plains. Open year-round, Monday–Saturday from 8 am–5 pm; Sunday varies. Tours are free. (303) 526-0855,

Frank Lloyd Wright Home Studio Frank Lloyd Wright Home Studio

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO, Oak Park, Illinois Guided tours of FLW’s restored home and studio are offered year-round. Monday through Friday at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 11 am–3:30 pm. Admission: $12 adults; $10 for students and seniors. (708) 848-1976,

Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S GRAYCLIFF, Derby, New York An architectural jewel set on 8 scenic acres overlooking Lake Erie. Designed by Wright in 1926, it’s open for guided tours from April through November. Admission: $14. Tour times: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 11 am and 2 pm. Saturday and Sunday at 11 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. (716) 947-9217,

Gamble House Gamble House

GAMBLE HOUSE, Pasadena, California Constructed in 1908, and designated a National Historic Landmark. This internationally recognized masterpiece of the turn-of-the-century Arts & Crafts Movement in America is the most complete and original example of the work of architects Charles and Henry Greene. One-hour guided tours Thursday through Sunday from noon to 3 pm. Adult admission: $8; students and seniors: $5. Children under 12 are free. Group tours available by reservation. (626) 793-3334,

Grove Park Inn Grove Park Inn

GROVE PARK INN, Asheville, North Carolina The venue for the annual Arts & Crafts Conference held each February. This is the mecca for Arts and Crafts enthusiasts, who travel yearly to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the famous conference founded by Bruce Johnson. The foremost A&C authorities from across the country converge at the historic hotel for three days of tours, seminars, exhibits, and display and sale of works by contemporary crafters and collectors. (828) 628-1915,

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

THE STICKLEY MUSEUM AT CRAFTSMAN FARMS, Morris Plains, New Jersey A log house amidst beautiful landscaping, the 1911–1917 home of Gustav and his family is open year-round, Thursday through Sunday from noon till 4 pm, with tours leaving every hour at 15 minutes past the hour. Admission: $10 adults, $5 for students and seniors and $4 for children 3–12. (973) 540-1165,

Riordan Mansion Riordan Mansion at Riordan State Historic Park

RIORDAN MANSION AT RIORDAN STATE HISTORIC PARK, Flagstaff, Arizona A remarkable example of Craftsman architecture, this 1904 home has over 40 rooms containing original furnishings, including Stickley pieces by Harvey Ellis. Guided tours daily. Tour times are on the hour from 11 am–4 pm. Admission: $6 adults; youth $2.50; children under 6: free. (928) 779-4375,

The Roycroft Inn The Roycroft Inn

THE ROYCROFT INN, East Aurora, New York Built in 1913 by Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycrofters and contemporary competitor of Gustav Stickley. This National Historic Landmark was restored and re-opened in 1995 with 28 guest suites and an award-winning dining room. The Inn is within walking distance to a variety of antique shops, museums and parks. Many Roycroft artisans are located in this area and have shops open to the public. (877) 652-5552,

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeff Herrmann October 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Good choice on the “Gamble House” I consider it to be one the greatest Craftsman house ever built. You could practically fill this list with FLW creations–I’m glad you didn’t! Everyone tends to get so caught up with his work!

2 Cheryl Driggs October 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Don’t forget about Falling Waters in Pennsylvania. It’s a wonderful Frank Lloyd Wright designed home.

3 Geoff Turner October 4, 2013 at 6:40 am

Love Turn-of-the – Century architecture and decor – there is much traditional about it yet embracing the emerging technologies and innovations of the time. Thanks for a great overview of the American Arts. & Craft heritage – for me they will be first to see on a holiday tour!

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