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Muirhead Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead had owned their farmstead since the 1860s and wanted something better suited for their growing family.




Robert Muirhead and his wife Elizabeth


42W814 Rohrsen Rd.


Open as a bed and breakfast

So they turned to Wright. He proposed a Usonian-style residence that would accommodate the needs of a working farm. Built of Chicago brick, Tidewater Red Cypress and concrete, Wright separated the bedrooms from the more public areas with a closed pergola, which created a tranquil sleep environment. The Muirhead Farmhouse remains in the family today and is run as a bed and breakfast by Sarah Muirhead Petersdorf and her husband, who restored the farmhouse from 2003-2005. The surrounding farmlands—now the Muirhead Springs Preserve—have been turned into prairie grasslands.

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