Last updated: 10/6/2022
Geneva, Illinois
Street Address
1925 S Batavia Ave
Geneva, IL 60134
Mailing Address
PO Box 903
Saint Charles, IL 60174
phone: 630-377-6424
e-mail: fabyanvilla@ppfv.org
web: ppfv.org
Hours
Please check https://www.ppfv.org/fabyan-villa-museum for our most up to date hours.
Admissions
Suggested Donation
Adults: $3
Children: $1
Services
Group Tours
Staff
Vivien Lasken, Director
Description

The Fabyan Villa was the home of Colonel George and Nelle Fabyan from 1905-1939. Riverbank, the name they bestowed upon their property, was initially a country retreat from their home in Chicago. They hired Frank Lloyd Wright in 1907 to enlarge and re-model the existing farmhouse and shortly thereafter took up permanent residence at the Villa, as they called their home. They acquired 300 acres, creating a country estate which soon became a lavish showplace complete with fountains, gardens, a Roman-style swimming pool, a Dutch-style windmill, a private zoo, a working lighthouse, a boathouse, tennis courts, and more. The Fabyans pursued their varied interests on their estate, including horticulture, animal husbandry, and scientific research.

When visiting the Villa Museum, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you will discover the Fabyans' uniquely fascinating legacy. The Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie-style house contains the Fabyans' private collection of Asian artifacts, natural history specimens, original furniture and more! Documents and photographs detail George's involvement in the Treaty of Portsmouth and Japanese international relations, the Bacon/Shakespeare controversy, code-breaking that significantly influenced both World Wars and pioneering research and development in acoustics. The captivating combination of significant architecture, military intrigue, Japanese culture and personal exploration makes the Fabyan Villa Museum a unique experience for all ages.

Educational Programs

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

We can bring the Fabyan sites to you throughout the year with our in-depth presentations. The current programs available are: The Fabyans and their Fabulous Estate, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style at the Fabyan Villa and Fabyan Japanese Garden – Images of Tranquility. $50 fee per presentation. These programs generally range from 45 minutes to 1 hour. Staff need at least thirty days notice before booking a program. Email fabyanvilla@ppfv.org or call 630-377-6424 for information regarding these outreach programs.

Governance

ADVOCACY INITIATIVES

Preservation Partners seeks to heighten public awareness of the wealth of architecturally significant structures in the greater Fox Valley; in many cases, we recruit local “partners” to strengthen our efforts advocating saving, and restoring, a site. We welcome the involvement of any and all friends and members of Preservation Partners in our community preservation initiatives. Please contact our office if you have concerns about a local site, or wish to support current campaigns to save a structure.

Publications

Biannual Newsletter

ADA

Is not wheelchair accessible. There is a restroom on the grounds but not at the Villa.

Parking

Restrooms

Services

PUBLIC TOURS

A public tour of the Fabyan Villa museum is led by trained docents, lasts approximately 40-45 minutes, and visits the 1st and 2nd floor. The first floor visitors are introduced to the Fabyan history, Frank Lloyd Wright design and be able visit the living quarters and admire the Asian art and mounted animal collection. When reaching the second floor visitors will see more Fabyan owned and period arts and crafts style furniture along with amazing views of the estate out the wonderfully Wright designed Cathedral Style windows.

Group Tours

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