Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright is remembered for his 532 completed buildings and homes designs, out of 1,141 he created. The educator, interior designer, and writer was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, where at 12 years old, he first began noticing his desire to become an architect. His technique and style of architecture related to the world and human habitation, surrounding his designed buildings with nature or the aspects of life. He created his first design, called the Unity Chapel in Chicago, for Joseph Lyman Silsbee, who was a great architect as well. He was a very talented, creative individual, having been rewarded Gold Medal awards from the American Institute of Architects in 1949, and from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1941. Wright was one of the first people to design floor lamps and furniture. He not only worked towards the external part of a building, but he designed the interior as well.

Wright's architecture has taken on many different forms, including churches, schools, museums, hotels, and office buildings. After only being in college for two terms, he left Wisconsin to start his design career in Chicago, where he worked six years for the Adler & Sullivan design firm. After having a dispute with the company about some of his work, Wright went on to open up his own business. A few years later, he created the “Prairie Style,” a design which changed the whole aspect of how residential houses were created. This new way of design inspired many other architects to take up the Prairie School of Architecture and explore the techniques of that particular style. His Taliesin design made debut in 1911, which became his last well-known design until in the 1930s, when he designed the “Fallingwater,” house. The house was done for Edgar Kaufmann. Its unique design peaked over a waterfall located in Pennsylvania, which would later take him to his next designed called Usonian, which focused on the concerns of the middle class residential areas. During his life, Wright's visionary purpose was to create a democratic aspect of the American life. The Guggenheim Museum was probably his most notable creation during his career, going through six phases, of drafts, before even being established.

Frank Lloyd Wright's career held strong for almost 70 years. Towards the end of his career, he designed the Guggenheim Museum, and the Marin County Civic Center, which became a few of his famous works. In 2000, the American Institute of Architects chose Wright's “Fallingwater,” as the first place design of the year in the Ten Top Designs of the Year. The Guggenheim Museum and Robie House were also featured on that list as well.

The following links will give you a more detailed aspect of the famous architect, a person who changed the design and art of buildings and homes. Some links will include pictures and important facts.

  • Foundation: Frank Lloyd Wright foundation founded in 1940 by Wright.

  • Organization: The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust organization that features Wright's home and studio designs.

  • Alden B. Dow: article discussing Alden B. Dow, a landmark where Wright built home and studio designs in Michigan.

  • Wisconsin: an organization in Wisconsin features homes Wright designed in Wisconsin and protects his works and heritage.

  • History: learn about the life of Frank Wright and greater detail from the early parts of his life to the end of his reign. A source of links pertaining to his works and designs.

  • Facts: a list of important facts dealing with the life of Wright.

  • Houses: a list of Wright's Prairie Houses with detail and pictures.

  • Wright: brief history of Frank Wright along with a slide show of his furniture designs.

  • Usonian House: information about the Usonian style house, along with drawings of the exterior and interior features.

  • Suntop: picture of suntop home designed by Frank Wright.

  • Interior: a full photo collection of the interior design of Frank Wright's falling water creation.

  • Robie House: 1909 home built for Frederick C. Robie in Chicago with detailed information and pictures.

  • Biography: a more detailed biography with list of important dates and houses he designed.

  • Imperial Hotel: 11 pictures displaying the Imperial Hotel he designed in 1916.

  • Quotes: Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous quotes.

  • Marin County Center: detailed information and photos about the Marin County Civic Center building Wright designed.

  • Guggenheim Museum: detailed information and picture about the Guggenheim Museum Wright designed.

  • Taliesin: organization that preserves the Taliesin design created by Wright.