HISTORY

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.

Tours

Public Tours

A public tour of the Fabyan Villa museum is led by trained docents, lasts approximately 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.

Please allow 45 minutes for guided tours of the Fabyan Villa Museum. Tours generally begin on the 1/2 hour.

  • The Villa is approximately 1 1/2 blocks from the parking lot of the Forest Preserve. A paved road leads from the parking lot to a stepped and gravel hill path below the Villa.

  • The Fabyan Villa Museum is not wheelchair accessible. Access into the Villa Museum is by stairs only. Advance arrangements can be made for drop-off at the site’s entrance.

  • There are no public restrooms in the museum.

Private Tours

Private tours are led by trained staff/docents and are specifically tailored to complement your group’s interests. Groups of 8 or more MUST make advance reservations. Private group tours are available May through mid-October during non-regular hours/days.

2019 Tour Fees: $5.00 (Adult) / $4.00 (Senior 65+ & children). Minimum group tour fee: $50.00. To set up a private tour for your group please call 630.377.6424 or email fabyanvilla@ppfv.org.

Gallery

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

LOCATION

1925 S. Batavia Ave.
Geneva, IL 60134

Directions & Parking

 

HOURS

Regular Hours May 5–October 13
Wednesday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Guided 45 Minute Tours

Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m. (June–August only)
Self-Guided Tours & Family Days

Saturday & Sunday 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Guided 45 Minute Tours

Last Tour Leaves 30 Minutes Before Closing

Admission 

Suggested Donation
$3.00 adults, $1.00 children

 

Volunteer

The Villa Museum needs your help as a volunteer docent or garden greeter from May–October.

Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or meeting new people—discover the rewards of volunteering at the Fabyan Villa Museum and Japanese Garden.

Learn more here or contact our Museum Director at 630-377-6424 or email fabyanvilla@ppfv.org