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Crime & Courts

Frank Lloyd Wright house burglarized, vandalized in Riverside

A view of the gardens and lilly pool of the Avery Coonley Compound, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
A view of the gardens and lilly pool of the Avery Coonley Compound, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

RIVERSIDE – Police were called to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Avery Coonley Compound, located in the 300 block of Scottswood, at 1:20 p.m. July 26 to investigate a report of a burglary.

Police believe the home was entered by an offender or offenders through a second floor window that was broken along a second floor hallway above the home's front door. A ladder was found nearby, which might have been used to gain access to the window, according to police reports.

The portion of the home that was vandalized was the 3,000-square-foot "bedroom" wing of the home, police said.

Inside, numerous cabinets were open and a Red Apple Ale was found in the refrigerator. Someone also defecated in one of the home's inoperable toilets and graffiti reading "G Baby" and "Goon Squad" were found written on the walls.

Police said evidence was recovered and submitted to Illinois State Police for examination.

The Avery Coonley Compound is currently on the market for sale and is vacant. Windows were boarded up and police said they would keep special watch over the property.

The estate is widely regarded as one of Wright's most beautiful designs in the Chicago area. Built in 1907, the four-building complex featured extensive landscaping and gardens, as well as a water lilly pond.

According to Curbed.com, a Chicago real estate site, the home was listed as a short sale in July 2013 for $354,000.

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