ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- One of Rockford’s most famous homes will remain closed for a while longer. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House is being transformed into a museum and they’re not going to be able to open as scheduled.
The Laurent House was to open to the public this weekend, but that opening is now put on hold until next June. Extensive water damage from heavy snow and spring storms caused the roofing system to fail, creating significant damage to parts of the home.
Restorations are expected to begin in July and be finished sometime in October. The work down will include a complete removal of the roof structure, a new ceiling inside, and masonry repairs. Crews will also install a state-of-the-art museum-quality air conditioner.
However, the repairs aren’t cheap and are expected to run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, money the museum hopes they can raise through a capital fund drive.
“The Capital Fund Drive is to try and raise $500,000 with anything beyond that we would be grateful for. We anticipate the roof cost, just in itself, to probably be somewhere in the $300,000-$350,000 range,” said Jerry Heinzeroth.
The Laurent Home was designed in 1949 and is the only Wright-designed house in the Rockford area. It’s also the only one designed to be handicapped-accessible.