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“A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
Architect, 1867 - 1959

Frank Lloyd Wright was born on June 8, 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Wright contributed "Prairie" and "Usonian" home design to American residential architecture. Elements of his designs can be found in a large proportion of homes built today.

Wright studied civil engineering briefly at the University of Wisconsin. At 20 years of age he hired on as a draftsman in a Chicago architectural firm. Wright eventuallly became chief draftsman, and supervised the firm's residential designs.

Wright started his own firm in 1893, and began developing ideas for what was to become known as his "Prairie House" concept — long, low structures made up of horizontal planes; constructed of materials such as wood, brick and plaster with interior and exterior spaces separated by large expanses of intricately patterned stained glass.

Wright rejected the concept of rooms as single-function boxes. His designs incorporated overlapping rooms with shared spaces. He separated functional areas with partial walls and changes in ceiling height, creating 'defined' spaces as opposed to 'enclosed' spaces.

In 1932, Wright published an autobiography and along with his wife, Olgivanna Lasovich, co-founded "The Taliesin Fellowship." The autobiography worked like an advertisement, inspiring many who read it to seek Wright out. Thirty apprentices came to live and learn under his tutelage. In 1936, Wright's most famous work, "Fallingwater," was designed and "Taliesin West" was built in Arizona as a winter location for the school. In 1941, Wright lost his wife and several members of his household when a servant burned down Taliesin, his home and studio in Wisconsin.

After World War II to the end of Wright's life were his most productive years. He received 270 residential commissions. Among his commercial designs were the Guggenheim Museum, the Marin County Civic Center, and the Price Tower. Wright died in Arizona at the age of ninety-two. He had never retired.

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Books About Frank Lloyd Wright

Wright Companion The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion, Revised Edition
by William Allin Storrer

This volume covers more than 450 buildings designed by Wright between 1886 and 1959. Storrer documents each structure with plans, drawings, photographs, and commentary.

Purchase this Hardcover edition of The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion

Masterworks Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks
by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer (Author) and David Larkin (Editor)

This volume presents 38 of Wright's most renowned and significant buildings, from his early work in Oak Park in the 1890s to his creations of the 1940s and 1950s.

Purchase this Hardcover edition of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks

Autobiography Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography
by Frank Lloyd Wright

The master architect's own account of his work, his philosophy, and his personal life, written with his signature wit and charm.

Purchase this Hardcover edition of Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography

Biography Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography
by Meryle Secrest

Drawing on the archives of the Wright Memorial Foundation, Secrest chronicles Wright's long life and turbulent career from his days in Chicago as a resident in fashionable Oak Park to his final days on the Arizona desert.

Purchase this paperback edition of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography

Frank Lloyd Wright DVDs

Wright by Burns Frank Lloyd Wright: A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Explore the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, divided into 10 periods spanning Wright's 91 years.

Purchase this DVD edition of Frank Lloyd Wright

Homes of Frank Lloyd Wright The Homes of Frank Lloyd Wright

This DVD follows the evolution of Wright's style from the balanced simplicity of Oak Park (1891) to the destruction of traditional boundaries between inside and outside space of Taliesin West (1937).

Purchase this DVD edition of The Homes of Frank Lloyd Wright

Fallingwater Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater Special Edition

More than any of his designs, Fallingwater exemplifies Wright's concept of 'organic' architecture. This 2 disc DVD includes an interactive, virtual tour featuring over 250 photographs and 17 VR panoramas.

Purchase this DVD edition of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright Online Videos

Frank Lloyd Wright Profile

Eye on Design: A Tour of Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio

The Prairie Style

Robie House

Related Websites

Frank Lloyd Wright
Companion website to the film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Homepage

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust Homepage

Wright on the Web
A Virtual Look at the Works of Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

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