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Frank Lloyd Wright homeowners seek originality

Frank Lloyd Wright homeowners seek originality

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Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin sit in front of the original inglenook at their Oak Park home, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

To prepare their home for this year's Wright Plus housewalk, Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin are restoring the front porch, which was screened in at some point.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Mary Ludgin talks about walls they are restoring in the family's dining room.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Staircase in Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin's home.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin's son, Cooper Donovan, 7, reads by the tree-design staircase rail designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Staircase in Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin's home.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Original drawing of Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin's home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1896.

Photo of drawing provided by Mark Donovan

Hot water heating zone valves are part of the updated hating system in the Oak Park home.

Photo by Mark Donovan

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"Residential archaeology" is what Mary Ludgin of Oak Park calls much of the work she and her husband, Mark Donovan, have done over the past 14 years on their 1896 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. They are the owners of the Louisa and Harry Goodrich House, one of the nine homes that will be featured on this year's Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk.
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    • Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin sit in front of the original inglenook at their Oak Park home, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
    • To prepare their home for this year’s Wright Plus housewalk, Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin are restoring the front porch, which was screened in at some point.
    • Mary Ludgin talks about walls they are restoring in the family’s dining room.
    • Staircase in Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin’s home.
    • Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin’s son, Cooper Donovan, 7, reads by the tree-design staircase rail designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
    • Staircase in Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin’s home.
    • Original drawing of Mark Donovan and Mary Ludgin’s home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1896.
    • Hot water heating zone valves are part of the updated hating system in the Oak Park home.
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