Write Inn Hotel
211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
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Outside the Ginkgo Tree Book Store
Streetlights in a section of Oak Park
Sewer Cover in Oak Park, Illinois
Thomas H. Gale House, 1892
Heurtley Hunt House
How can I contact Heurtley House? I heard it could be rented out and I'm interested in renting it for a wedding.
Re: Heurtley Hunt House
It looks like that house has private owners but I suppose they might rent it out. You might also try contacting the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust to see if that or another might be rentable.
Not in Oak Park but it is one of his, Taliesin appears to be rentable but it's in Spring Green, WI
Travel Tips for Oak Park
Oak Park Visitors Center
After checking in at our hotel in Oak Park, Illinois, my friend Mickey and I walked to 158 Forest Avenue to visit the OAK PARK VISITORS CENTER. The telephone number is (708) 524-0446 and the web address is www.visitoakpark.com
It's a rather large space that seems to be more of a gift shop than an information center.
You are able to get the Oak Park audio walking tour, books, maps, books, souvenirs and gifts.
Tickets are also available for Hemingway's Birthplace Home and Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, the Pleasant Home tour, and The Historical Society of Oak Park/River Forest.
While there, I picked up the books in Photograph #3, which will certainly come in handy. This center has been newly renovated, and it is located under the parking garage [where rates are free for the first two hours with minimal rates after that. Parking is free on weekends and holidays.]
The people who work here are quite helpful and very patient. It was busy while we were there, and they were busy but took the time with each visitor. It leaves a good impression about Oak Park.
Stroll through the downtown...
Stroll through the downtown area, especially during one of the summer festivals on Oak Park Boulevard and Lake Street. Having a soup and sandwich special at Eric's Deli; enjoying an ice cream cone at Petersen's Ice Cfeam.
Frank and the Other Woman
I recently had time to actually read a whole book, if you are heading to Oak Park and want to read some good historical fiction, pick up a copy of "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan which weaves the facts known about the architect's affair with Mamah Borthwick Cheney into a novel. It's not a fairy tale romance, the relationship was quite a scandal in their day and ruined two marriages, two main characters are at times arrogant and selfish in pursuit of personal and professional fulfillment but it's an interesting read. If, like me, you don't know how the story ends, don't look it up until after you've read the novel, the ending is a bit of a shocker.
Scoville Park in Oak Park
*Scoville Park [between Lake and Ontario Streets], was named after James Scoville whose family estate was located here. The Scoville family was not the first to own the land. (That distinction goes to Joseph Kettlestrings.) That 1880's Scoville Mansion was demolished after the Park District purchased it.
The World War I Memorial in the park is at the exact location of where the Scoville Mansion was located. My #2 Photograph shows that Memorial. At the bottom of the monument is this engraving: "Erected by the citizens of Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois in honor of the men of this community who took part in the World War 1914-1918." By the way, Ernest Hemingway's name is on this memorial.
Photograph #3 is a picture of Mickey at the historic Horse Show Fountain. [See my individual tip about the Horse Show Fountain}
Photograph #4 is a bust of Percy L. Julian, PH.D.
This bust was commissioned by the Institute for Science Education and Technology. I do not know what he had to do with Scoville Park.
See Photograph # 5:
Also in Scoville Park is a plaque honoring Joseph Kettlestrings, Oak Park's first white settler. The plaque reads:
"This tablet marks the spot
where stood the home of
the first white settler in Oak Park
This ground being a portion of the
Quarter section of land which he
purchased from the United States
government in the year 1833 at a price
of one dollar and a quarter an
acre. This tablet placed by the people
of Oak Park November 12, 1927" Photograph #1 of the flowers with the butterfly is what a loved most about Scoville Park. Right here in the middle of a very busy location, locals and visitors can enjoy nature, history, and art [sculpture and architecture]. My friend Mickey could not believe that the butterfly would allow me to get in so closely.
We really enjoyed a short time in Scoville Park.
The Scoville Park Fountain 1909/1969
I researched this fountain because I like it so much. The information came from Frank Lloyd Wright's Chicago by Thomas J. O'Gorman
The Scoville Park Fountain is known as the Horse Show Fountain. It is located at the corner of Oak Park Drive and Lake Street. Frank Lloyd Wright designed it with Richard Bock [who actually created it] for the Horse Show Association of Oak Park. That association was important at that time because horses were how people were transported along the cobblestone streets of Oak Park in 1903.
This fountain tablature resemples an ancient Celtic "dolmen". The square opening within the fountain's rectangular body is topped by another rectangular slab. There are many carvings on the interior square slab near the water trough itself. It was designed for easy access for both horses, dogs, and humans. But it shows also Wright's love of simple shapes
Even though Wright receives the most credit for this fountain, he really collaborated with its sculptor, Richard Bock. It was dedicated in 1909, and Wright's influence began in 1903. This is not the original fountain that was located about 100 feet east of this spot. The original fountain was badly deteriorated. The fountain you see in the photograph, which now stands in at the entrance to the park, is a 1969 replica to commemorate the centennial of Wright's birth. Ironically, it has an inaccurate date of his birth because Wright lied about being two years younger than he really was! The second photograph is a replica relief sculpture is copied as closely as possible of the original Richard Bock work in 1906. This relief is a sculpted plaque help by two kneeling females. Below the plaque is a tree trunk & above it are the tree's leaves.
There are some inscriptions on the fountain. One reads: "Erected in 1909 Oak Park Horse Show Association". The second inscription reads: "Wright-Bock Plaza Fountain restored 1969" Note that in this inscription, the fountain is referred to as the Wright-Bock Plaza Fountain!
I just love architecture, sculpture, and history, so this fountain by any of its three names was a favorite of mine.
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
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Address: 211 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302