Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District

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Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District
Oak Park Il Smith House1.jpg
George W. Smith house, an early Frank Lloyd Wright design
Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District is located in Illinois
Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by Austin Blvd., Harlem, Ridgeland, and Chicago Aves., Lake and Madison Sts., Oak Park, Illinois
Coordinates 41°53′7″N 87°47′18″W / 41.88528°N 87.78833°W / 41.88528; -87.78833Coordinates: 41°53′7″N 87°47′18″W / 41.88528°N 87.78833°W / 41.88528; -87.78833
Area 539 acres (218 ha)
Built 1870
Architect multiple
Architectural style Prairie School, Bungalow/Craftsman, Late Victorian
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 83003564[1]
Added to NRHP December 08, 1983

The Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District is a historic district in Oak Park, Illinois that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It includes 1558 contributing buildings over 539 acres (218 ha).[1][2]

The district includes the George W. Smith House, an early example of Frank Lloyd Wright's work as a contributing property. The house is one of two Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings within the Ridgeland Historic District; the other structure is the Unity Temple.[3] The Smith House is the only example of residential architecture by Wright found within the boundaries of the Ridgeland Historic District.[3]

The district contains many buildings of merit, including the Oak Park Post Office on Lake Street, designed in 1933 by Charles E. White, Jr. and his partner Bertram A. Weber, in 1933.

The historic district, overall, lacks examples of Wright's full-fledged Prairie style that are found in abundance in the nearby Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Bluestone, Daniel M. (December 8, 1983). "RIDGELAND--OAK PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form" (PDF). Oak Park Landmarks Commission (now Historic Preservation Commission). 
  3. ^ a b c "Ridgeland-Oak Park Historic District," (PDF), National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, HAARGIS Database, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved 4 June 2007.

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