Kenwood Things to Do
Now that's more like it! Fifteen years after completing the Colonial-style Blossom House in 1892, Wright returned and designed the rear coach house in his trademark Prairie Style.
Built in 1892, this is one of the earliest Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses. This is a "bootleg house," designed while Wright was working for Louis Sullivan and moonlighting to earn extra money.
Three cheers to the kindly old gentleman in a blue blazer who was out doing preliminary research for a documentary for sharing his notes and pointing this house out to me. I never would have guessed it to be a Wright design. Admittedly my picture is not the best, but then again, this house is far, far from Wright's best.
A plaque on the front of this house reads, "Residence of Muhammad." No, Allah's great prophet does not live here. This modernist design was home to Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of "Islam" and is now home to current leader Louis Farrakhan, who's son, incidently, was just arrested in my old neck-of-the-woods for DUI, hit-and-run and possession of drug paraphernalia.
* I put Islam in quotes as the NOI in no way represents true Islam. How off are they? For many years the NOI called their places of worship "temples," ignorant that real Islamic places of worship are called Mosques. Following the death of Elijah in 1975, his son Walter tried to move the NOI towards a more traditional Sunni-oriented path. A power struggle ensued and a breakaway group, led by Farrakhan, assumed both power and the title.
The best way to reach Kenwood is by car, although Metra's Electric Line to University Park stops at 47th Street, on the north end of the Kenwood Mansion historic district. Parking shouldn't be too much of a problem and the best way to explore the area is on foot so ditch the car and hit the pavement.