- 139 Ratings
Guided Tour of the Kraus House in Kirkwood
Weave in and out of the legendary Kraus House to uncover its rich design and more. Learn how this building was created as you gain a better understanding of the famous architect behind it.
What You Will Do
- Make your way through the iconic Kraus House, a large Missouri home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
- Sit back and relax as you take in a short video that revolves around the history of the house
- Spend over an hour and fifteen minutes exploring the premises with a professional guide
- Hear stories of how Wright came to design this home and why it was such an important project
- Guided tour
- 139 Ratings
- Yong Soo
Wonderful tour. Beautiful property. The tour is very physically easy, as the home is small, and the majority of time is spent standing, rather than walking. Also, there aren’t any stairs. It’s very safe for elderly and appropriate for well mannered children. The detail in the house is amazing and inspirational. The tour guide was very sweet, friendly, and helpful in the gift shop as well.
Of course the home itself. But slso Paula's excellent tour which was so informative and enthusiastic.
Very interesting and well done by the docent. Sparked our interest in FLW and looking forward to visiting other sites
This is the 11th FLW property I have visited and I absolutely loved the tour. The house is impeccably restored, and the fact that it sits on a private 10 acre lot surrounded by woods makes it such an enjoyable place to go. It is a Usonian house, but it has unique features such as art glass that was fabricated by the owner, and an integration with the sloping landscape that makes the house seem to disappear into the hillside. Our tour guide was a retired architect who was very knowledgeable about homebuilding. He admitted that he prefers to discuss the architectural merits of the house rather than the life and times of Mr. Wright, which some of the other docents focus on. The house is smaller than it appears from the outside, but it is nonetheless a very intriguing home. I would recommend the house to anyone who has an interest in architecture. I wouldn't bring young children because this is a strictly hands off/ no touching home and you will do a lot of standing and listening. If you don't enjoy standing around while someone explains to you about overhanging roofs or poured concrete floors, you might want to skip this one.
My husband and I found the tour to be interesting and very worthwhile. The Kraus House is truly unique and a treasure.
I would recommend seeing this house if you are in the St. Louis area. Our guide was very informed as I believe he had given hundreds of these tours. It starts out with a 17 minute film about the house and some background on Frank Lloyd Wright. Then we spent around 45 minutes going through every room of the house and getting details about how the home owner and the architect communicated. The house has many built in areas and everything was so unique. We were so happy we went.
We visited the House in Ebsworth Park on August 11. The architecture and design are exquisite! The grounds beautiful and secluded. We really appreciated the warmth of our tour guides, Paula and Isabel. The documentary was a terrific beginning and set the tone. The tour and history of the home was wonderful. Thank you.
Guide was very thorough and answered everyone's questions with knowledge. He knew a lot about the architecture of the house.
Guide was extremely personable, knowledgeable, and provided great insight through personal experience and encounter with previous home owner.
Very interesting and seemed to be in great condition still.
Our docent was very knowledgeable. Tour was comprehensive. Wonderful information.
The docent was very knowledgeable and lovely to speak with!
Great effort by the volunteers who keep this home for all of us!
Our guide was excellent and knowledgable. I had the privilege of joining Mr. Kraus for lunch and dinner when he was at "the Bluffs" and I am sure confident that he would have been proud. He was a fascinating individual and artist.
Our docent was friendly and very knowledgeable. She spoke comfortably but was very willing to answer questions. The house was amazing and we enjoyed the thourouness so getting to see everything (in the restrooms, etc.) One suggestion might be to offer interior photography for a 'photographers Fed's like they do at the Robie House in Chicago. We would have also loves to see your gift shop expanded with more Kraus House design merch. Overall our experience was perfect. Thank you!
The tour was very informative. The home was filled with more details than I expected.
Our guide, David, was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time on our tour of a remarkable home.
We loved the tour. Thanks for working us in.
The docent was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information on the house. The house is very well kept and beautiful
A very thorough tour by an informed guide. Our guide had been to many other Wright properties which added to his knowledge. This home has the original furnishings and looks as if it was just built.
- Maureen Wolff
We enjoyed seeing this house and learning more the architect and the architecture. It was also of interest to know a little about the people who lived in the house. The grounds are gorgeous and the house is so lovely with all the wood and glass. A must see.
The staff was professional, polite and very knowledgeable. Excellent!
Larry(?) was a great tour guide and you could tell he knew a lot about the house and was passionate about it's history and preservation.
The tour was informative, the tour guide pleasant and knowledgeable. Thank you for the experience.
The tour was enjoyable and very infy
Tour group was small so we all got to see up close and ask lots of questions.
Excellent tour and very knowledgeable tour guide. We really enjoyed it!
The tour far exceeded our expectations! The home is so unique and interesting with so much of the original furniture and contents. What made the experience come alive was the GREAT tour guide. He was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. You could tell he loved the history and importance of the property and the people. He told us many interesting stories and anecdotes He was awesome. It was also amazing that the grounds are still so open and park-like. It adds to the original feeling and intent of FLW and the owners. I understand that a visitors center maybe planned. Let’s hope it doesn’t affect the visual layout of the property.
The guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the tour. It is very exciting to have a FLW home in the area. I wish more people were aware of it.
We had a great tour! It was more than we expected!