Wind Point home with ties to Frank Lloyd Wright could be demolished

CREATED Mar 24, 2014

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WIND POINT --  It's the first home you see as you enter Wind Point in Racine County.

And a fight is underway to save the historic home -- with ties to Frank Lloyd Wright -- from a wrecking ball. It's a situation that's been dragging on for years and everyone involved is hoping it will soon come to a close.  

The home, which sat empty for years, developed many problems and neighbors are unhappy and worry about sinking property values.

"It's just been an eyesore...," neighbor Margaret Wigman said. "We would have liked to see it get demolished, but I don't know if that's going to happen or not."
 
The house was designed in 1948 by Edgar Tafel, a onetime student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The home is owned by Joan Schulz who moved out to help take care of her grandchildren. 
 
"The home is designed beautifully and it is comfortable," Schultz said.
 
At one point roof leaks caused ceiling collapses, windows were boarded up and there were electrical, drywall and mold issues. This prompted Wind Point village officials to seek to officially demolish the home.
 
"Whether it is a Frank Lloyd Wright home or not, if it was any other home in that condition, we'd have the same concerns," said Wind Point Village Administrator Michael Hawes. "The potential is there for it to be a really nice property as you drive into the village."
 
Schulz and her family are seeking to block the demolition. A judge is giving her a chance to do that.
 
If enough work can be accomplished, the home will be saved.