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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright: Ahead by a century?

Frank Lloyd Wright's studio in Oak Park, IL, viewed from Chicago Avenue

20th Century architectural visionary's buildings belong in 21st

Frank Lloyd Wright (1893-1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works. Wright promoted organic architecture (exemplified by Fallingwater), was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture (exemplified by the Robie House, the Westcott House, and the Darwin D. Martin House), and developed the concept of the Usonian home (exemplified by the Rosenbaum House). His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also often designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass.

Massaro House - 1955 sketch by Frank Lloyd Wright

Massaro House - Constructed in 2005

Wright authored 20 books and many articles, and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin studio. Already well-known during his lifetime, Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time".

Guggenheim Museum by architect Frank Lloyd Wright

Organic Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright - Falling Water house

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