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The B. Harley Bradley House

Designed by
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1900


The B. Harley Bradley House marks the beginning of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School period. This style became Wright's best known and for the next decade after the Bradley House design, Wright's commissions were often derived from this plan and included elements first seen as a unified design at the Bradley House.

Following an extensive restoration, the Bradley House now enjoys the opportunity to be appreciated by architecture fans from around the world. Wright In Kankakee is pleased to offer you the opportunity to tour the Bradley House, browse fine gifts in the giftshop, or host your special event with us.

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Buttons And Bows at the Bradley House

Local artists Laura Golowski and Susie Tate have collected thousands of buttons over the past 25 years! In the process they have learned a lot about these fashion fundamentals and the creative ways to use them. On May 8th, at Frank Lloyd Wright’s B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, they will share both their knowledge and their buttons as they present a workshop which begins with an enlightening presentation on the origins of these historic closures and their transition from functional accessory to decorative one.

Then these two Kankakeeans, co-owners of Belle Frog Boutique (which they call a “hopping” establishment because it has no fixed home, but only emerges to attend special events) will assist attendees in creating their very own one-of-a-kind broach from precious buttons and other ornamental baubles. Attendees are encouraged to raid their button tins and jewelry boxes for items to bring and incorporate into their personal piece of wearable art. Possibilities are old lockets, rings, earrings, sea shells, charms, keys, tags, stick pins, cuff links, military badges (and of course: buttons!) that may have special meaning. NO MEMORABILIA WILL BE HARMED in the creation of this art!      

As if this weren’t enough, each session will be wrapped up  -literally-  by Halina Gumiela, kitchen designer, owner of Kitchen Gallery Of Bourbonnais, and bow creator extraordinaire. She lightheartedly will guide the participants through the steps of constructing beautiful, professional looking bows for all their gift packages, wreaths, and other decorating projects. Will this be fun? On the button! The cost of the event is $25 and includes not only all the supplies for both projects but also delicious refreshments. Pick a time: 11:00 am-2:00 pm with a light lunch, or 6:30-9:00 pm with gourmet cheeses, crackers, and a signature drink. Casual dress is appropriate. Seating is limited to 30 participants per session so reserve a spot early by registering here or by calling Laura at 815.937.9672.

Buttons And Bows is the latest production of Wright In Kankakee’s Salon Series, which presents quarterly programs of interest to interesting people in the sedate warm elegance of the B. Harley Bradley House, designed by Wright in 1900. All proceeds go to assist Wright In Kankakee, the local nonprofit organization which owns the Bradley House, maintains it, and makes it available to the public. The Bradley House is located at 701 South Harrison Avenue in Kankakee.



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