Traditional Building Conference

The Pride of Frank Lloyd Wright

The First Annual Traditional Building Design Challenge took place during the Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference in Chicago, April 2006 at Chicago's famous Navy Pier. 


Project Description

Design a "new old" house for one of Oak Park's three nationally recognized historic districts:The Ridgeland/Oak Park Historic District, the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School of Architecture Historic District, and the Gunderson Historic District.  Some common styles within these districts are: American 4-Square, Prairie Style, Bungalow and Victorian. 

Recommended Era: 1880-1920. 

Site Description:

The site is a 50 foot wide by 125 foot deep rectangular interior lot with an alleyway at the rear. 

The site is located in an R3 Single Familiy District (See Oak Park Zoning Regulations).  The average front set back of adjacent lots is not more than 20 feet.  Building set backs, total square footages, and lot coverage must be calculated and listed as a part of the submission.  Conformity with the community regulations is required. You may choose to locate your site in either of the three districts within the Village. 

Function and Scope Design for upper-middle income neighborhood.  The clients are a recently retired couple with family that visits from time to time and they enjoy entertaining at home.

Square Footage: 2200 to 2800 square feet of heated space


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1st Place:

Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller Architects

2606 Greenway Dr., Ste 301

Knoxville, TN 37918

Ph: 865-219-7809

Main Level Plan

Upper Level Plan

Front Elevation

2nd Place:

Leonard Baum

Leonard J. Baum Architect

218 Grand Ave.

Cranston, RI   02905

Ph: 401-941-1650


Side Elevation

First Floor Plan

Second Floor

Site Plan

3rd Place (tie)

W.A “Bud” Lawrence

Morales, Keesee Design Associates

941 S. Orange Blossom Trail

Apopka, FL 32703 

Ph: 407-880-2333

Front Elevation

First Floor Plan

Second Level


Wayne Visbeen

Visbeen Associates, Inc.

4139 Embassy Drive.

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Ph: 616-285-9901


Rear Elevation

First Floor Plan

Second Floor

Site Plan

Runners Up:

J.R. Ruthig 

Dominick Tringali Architects

1668 Telegraph Road

Suite 250

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Ph: 248-335-8888

Side Elevation

First Floor Plan

Second Floor

Site Plan

David Jurina

Avid Architects PC
18 Warwick Place
Elgin, IL 60120
Ph: 847-622-1572

East Elevation

West Elevation

First Floor

Second Floor

Bobby Morales

Morales Keesee Design Associates
941 S. Orange Blossom Tr.
Apopka, FL 32716
Ph: 407-880-2333

Front Elevation

First Floor Plan

Second Floor


David Kulick

David Kulick Architects

914 Parkway Dr.
Stillwater, OK 74075
Ph: 405-269-9286

First Floor

Second Floor

Site Plan

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