Laurent House to remain open for tours throughout the year

The Laurent House at dusk. (Photo by Nels Akerlund)
The Laurent House at dusk. (Photo by Nels Akerlund)

Staff Report

Tours of Rockford’s historic Laurent House, 4646 Spring Brook Road, will now be offered year round. The home, considered by designer Frank Lloyd Wright as one of the 38 best works of his career, is the only building he designed for a person with a disability.

The Laurent House Foundation is so pleased with the public’s interest in touring the Laurent House,” said Jerry Heinzeroth, board president of the Laurent House Foundation. “We are excited to be able to extend the tour season, giving more people the opportunity to view this amazing work of art and architecture.”

Since opening to the public June 6, nearly 800 people have toured the Laurent House. Guests have visited from 25 U.S. states, as well as several groups from Europe. Seventy-five percent of visitors have come from outside of the Rockford area. The strong attendance and popularity of Wright’s “little gem” is the reasoning behind extending the tour season year round.

The Laurent House will be open on the first and last weekend of every month. Tours depart from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, at 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. each day the tours operate. Admission is $15 per person. The Laurent House experience is best suited for children older than 8. Advance ticket reservations are required and can be purchased at

Group tours are available by reservation with a minimum group size of 10 people. Visit for additional tour and admission details, including details on pre-scheduled group tours, which are available upon request. Or, for more information, contact Midway Village Museum at (815) 397-9112.

Posted Sept. 24, 2014

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