The third installment in my Frank Lloyd Wright Sunday morning series brings us close to where his professional life began.
Born in 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, Frank Lloyd Wright moved to Chicago in search for work. It was out of this home and studio in that he designed many structures that became known as the Prairie School, in and around the Chicago area. Like many of Wright's designs, this home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as a national historic landmark.
According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, he is noted as "simply the greatest artist America has ever produced in any field of the visual or musical arts." Wright was a pioneer, an individual, not wanting to be a part of architectural associations like the American Institute of Architects. He was highly detail-oriented, an environmentalist, and desired to provide every man with space that nurtured a purely physical and spiritual connection to the natural world.
This so-called "architecture for democracy" is classically American and indicative of Frank Wright as a thinker and the lifestyle he helped create.
In the images above, note how the home is incorporated into its surroundings, with much of the natural elements untouched, and the symmetrical simplicity of construction that belies a few ornate finishes, mainly in the art glass.
Click on the top images to further explore Wright's legacy with links to the Building Conservancy of his namesake and the National Register of Historic Places.
Until next week...