Fully-Accessible Frank Lloyd Wright House For Sale

The only Frank Lloyd Wright house designed to be fully accessible by someone in a wheelchair goes up for auction Thursday in Rockford, Illinois. The house is expected to fetch up to $700,000.

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And our last word in business today comes courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1949, the architect designed a home for a World War II veteran. Kenneth Laurent lost the use of his legs during the war, so Wright designed something rare at the time - a house fully accessible to someone in a wheelchair. Laurent says his Rockford, Illinois, home became an essential part of his life.

KENNETH LAURENT: That's probably why I'm 92. Mr. Wright, when he sat down to the piano, he said, I don't know if I'm playing the piano or the piano is playing me. And from that I took, I'm not sure that I'm living for the house or the house is living for me.

MONTAGNE: Nearly six decades later, Laurent and his wife, Phyllis, are ready to move on to an assisted-living facility. And their Frank Lloyd Wright house is up for auction today. Local preservationists hope to raise up to three-quarters of a million dollars to buy the landmark house, and open it to the public.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. With Steve Inskeep, I'm Renee Montagne.

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