By Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has re-opened to the public on a regular basis nearly 100 years after being built.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports that from 1992 until recently, the buff-brick house on a residential street in College Hill was open only by appointment because the zoning of the house didn’t allow it to be open every day.

Applying for a zoning change has been on operation manager Amy Reep’s to-do list since she started her position last week. Reep, the home’s first full-time employee, said she recently began opening a couple mornings a week, and that the schedule is expected to expand for garden parties and twilight hours, with the ultimate goal of being open every day.

“I’m so excited just to build the exposure,” Reep said of the Allen House, which is named for its original residents, Henry and Elsie Allen. “I feel like it’s a hidden gem.”

The home is the last of the 200 houses that Wright designed in his trademark Prairie style, designed in 1915. Howard Ellington of the Allen House Foundation said that it was under private ownership until 1989, was restored in 1991 and then was rezoned so it could open for small-group tours by appointment only in 1992.

Since then, the house has seen 500 to 1,000 visitors each year, including book clubs, college classes and Frank Lloyd Wright fans from all over the world, as well as many Wichita residents.

“We had visitors from the Netherlands, France, Germany, England, Canada that called to specifically tour, to see the house,” she said. “And of course the United States.”


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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