TALIESIN WEST IS CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 30

Out of an abundance of caution for our staff and visitors, Taliesin West will be closed for all public access through the end of the month. We will be monitoring the situation and reviewing this decision on a moment to moment basis, making the best decision in the interest of the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

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George Fabyan, having inherited his father’s cotton-trading fortune, purchased a mid-1800s farmhouse and 600-acre estate as a country retreat from his Chicago home.

Built

1907

Client

Colonel George Fabyan and his wife Nelle

Address

1511 S. Batavia Rd.

Status

Open to the public May – October with tours available.

Website

Wright was commissioned to enlarge and remodel the existing structure. He created a Prairie-style residence with the addition of a two-story bedroom wing to the south, upper- and lower-level porches, three verandahs and large eaves. “The Villa”, as it was called, and its accompanying Japanese garden and Dutch windmill reveals the owners’ eclectic tastes. George Fabyan also developed Riverbank Laboratories nearby, where he pursued research in cryptology, acoustics, physiology and horticulture. In 1939, the couple sold their estate to the Kane County Forest Preserve, which opened the residence as a museum the following year. The Preservation Partners of Fox Valley has managed the property since 1995, developing the Fabyan Villa Museum into a historic house museum filled with artifacts and a limited number of original Wright furnishings.

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