S.016 – Thomas Gale Residence, 1027 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois
This is one of three houses on Chicago Avenue, just a half block west of the FLW Home & Studio. Looking at their porches, they are lined up left-to-right (or west to east) as follows: R.P. Parker Residence at 1019 Chicago Ave. (S.017), a non-FLW property at 1023 Chicago Ave., this house at #1027, and the Walter Gale Residence at 1031 Chicago Ave. (S.020).
Some publications had the wrong order, designating the houses respectively as Thomas Gale, Parker, and Walter Gale. Prof. Storrer’s third edition of his catalog rectifies this error.
Thomas Gale’s widow Laura built another Wright design in Oak Park (S.098), and the Gales also commissioned Wright to design cottages for the family and for rental in Whitehall, Michigan (S.088 et seq.).
Photographed on April 2, 2017, August 30, 2009 and in August 1991 (bottom of page).
Project number: T.9203 (Heinz) or T.0905 (Storrer Companion)
The 3 bootleg homes (1, 3, & 4 in this photo – 2 is not by Wright)
To the right is the Walter Gale residence (S.020)
I surmise that the garage is not original
1991 photo of Walter Gale (left) & Thomas Gale (right) residences before each was renovated