B. Harley Bradley House

The dining room of the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee is emblematic of the classic prairie style design architect Frank Lloyd Wright unveiled when he built the home along the Kankakee River in 1901.

The documentary "An American Home: Frank Lloyd Wright's B. Harley Bradley House" will air at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 on PBS Channel 21 (or high definition Channel 1056 on Comcast). Encore presentations will be 9 p.m. Nov. 14 and 7 p.m. Nov. 20. On other satellite dish providers, the program is on channel 56.

The production tells the interweaving stories of the hardship and resurgence of world-renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Bradley House and Kankakee. This house marked the beginning of the famed architect's Prairie Style design period.

Herscher native and producer Tom Desch created the documentary.

"I grew up in a town [Herscher] that was roughly a 15-minute drive from the Bradley House, and I had no idea that this wonderful piece of architecture was right down the road," Desch noted in an interview with Lakeshore Public Media. "When I finally discovered it, I wanted to share it with a larger audience."

Stuart Graff, president and CEO of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, described Wright's design as the "pivot point of genius when he's wrapping up what he can learn from the 19th century and traditional American architecture; and he's about to explode with a revolutionary concept of vast open space, uninterrupted space. You're at the hinge moment, and there's nothing quite like it."

The Wright property is located at 701 S. Harrison Ave., Kankakee. The structure was restored by Kankakeeans Gaines and Sharon Hall in 2005. The property now is owned by the nonprofit Wright in Kankakee.

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