Guided Tour of the Muirhead Farmhouse in Hampshire
Experience history on an exclusive tour of the Muirhead Farmhouse, the only one built by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Learn the history of the Muirhead family, as well as their fortunate run-in with the famed architect.
What You Will Do
- Tour one of Wright's innovative, L-shaped Usonian homes designed specifically to meet the needs of the Muirhead family
- Discover Wright's unique vision for the farmhouse as you learn about the Muirhead family and their chance encounter with Wright
- Enjoy scenic views of a restored prairie lush with shrubs, herbs and grasslands
- Take in the architecture of the surrounding farm buildings, which offer a striking juxtaposition to the unique Muirhead Farmhouse
- Complete tour of the Muirhead Farmhouse
Please remove outdoor shoes upon entering the home. Personal photography is allowed inside and outside the home. Only cameras are permitted for photography. Parking is available. Bathroom facilities are limited, please plan accordingly. Wheel chairs can be accommodated but due to narrow interior doorways, some parts of the home may be inaccessible.
Full refund for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance of tour.
- 33 Ratings
This was wonderful visit! Mike and Sarah were great hosts. Not to be missed for Frank Lloyd Wright fans!
The home and tour were BOTH better experiences than we anticipated!!! Not only did we have a tour guide but he is the son in law of the original family. So, he was able to share history that no one else would know. There were so many details and of course there was CARE since the family restored the house and lives there. The decorating was impeccable! We were blessed as well to have the Dean of Architecture from IIT in the group so that added an element as well. The tour was estimated to take one hour but with the 18 people in the group, it extended to 1 1/2 hours. GREAT!
Interesting and well-maintained home - loved the little facts and tidbits. The tour was the perfect amount of time and loved the down-to-earth charm of the event. My daughter and I selected the perfect birthday gift for him. Would love to be notified if anything changes for the bed and breakfast! Thank you!
I enjoy architecture, and this Frank Lloyd Wright home was only a few minutes from my home. I enjoyed walking through this piece of history, but instead of focusing on Wright and his biography, this focused on the family and their interactions with FLW (the home is currently owned by a descendent of the original farmer that hired Wright). Much of the work on the house was done by the farmer and the host was very knowledgeable about the design and how the work was completed. We also learned about many of the flaws in Wright's design, and the work it took to restore the house to near original condition. If you are planning to attend, please be aware you will be asked to take your shoes off to walk through the concrete floored home.
Our tour guide was polite, patient and answered all of our questions. He catered to our group's level of interest.
Tour leader was great; very personable and knowledgeable. So nice that this tour continues to be offered. I think the ONLY FLW farmhouse(!) and right here in Kane County, IL.
It was a very educational, interesting, and fun tour of the property.
It was a very comprehensive and interesting tour. I especially enjoyed all the details that the leader gave us, from the house beginning to now. Since the house has been in the same family for all the years, he told us a lot that just an ordinary docent wouldn't have known. The family relationship to Frank Lloyd Wright was interesting, too. The grounds are beautiful.
I found the house interesting but, more importantly, was the history of the house and the family. The husband not only is skilled in accurate rehabilitation but also as a storyteller. A very interesting and warm visit.
Fantastically consucted this was a superb reason to make a Sunday drive west of chicago. The home is lovingly maintained and restored.
Well presented. Worth the visit is if you are a FLW fan.
The owners could not have been more welcoming and accommodating.
Fascinating, in-depth home tour of the Muirhead Farmhouse, a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian home constructed from 1851 - 1853. Of particular interest was the history of the design and construction of the Farmhouse, including the Muihead family's (orignal owners) interactions with architect Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) from designs, engineering, materials used, dates and construction costs/architecture fees. The explanation of the "work arounds" the Muirhead family employed to make their home more liveable were esppecially interesting. The tour continued with it's use as a Bed & Breakfast from the early 2000s to 2014, with in-depth explanations of the renovations/re-construction of the bed and bath section of the home, including such details as Cypress wood paneling, the famous FLW red floor tiles and other features. The tour guide answered every question asked, some with personal anecdotes, making the tour both informative and quite entertaining. The tour really helps fans of FLW's architecture understand the beauty of the materials chosen, the challenges some of FLW's designs presented both then and now, and the renovation challenges of a FLW house today. This tour was highly immersive and very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this tour to any FLW architecture fans.
I was greeted by the actual owner of this FLW house. He lives in the house with his family and he gives tours. It was amazing to hear from the first hand about all issues this house has but also see how it works for the family for 3 generations! Very nice house and unusual location on the farm. You can't see it from the road. You have to get on the private property to see this house and admire it.
As I said when we were there, it is so nice of you to open the house up for tours. You explained all the changes that have been done over the years & were wonderful about answering every question. With the amount of work that must be required to accommodate visitors, I felt guilty that there were only 2 of us there that day. Thank you once again.
Loved the tour. The tour guide was GREAT. He not only told us about features of the house but also stories of the family as they related to the house.
Tour guide/home owner very informative about history of the house.
Excellent welcoming tour
Our host, Mike, was very pleasant and gave us the history of the house before we entered. The tour was extensive and Mike provided many interesting details about the house. He gladly answered all of our questions. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in FLW houses.