When and where was Frank Lloyd
Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln
Wright) was born in Wisconsin in 1867, and lived there
most of his life.
How did his career
Wright studied engineering in
Wisconsin, and then moved to Chicago. Wright first worked
for J. Lyman Silsbee and Louis
Sullivan when in Chicago.
While working for Louis Sullivan, he began designing and
building on his own.
What made his style
Wright's view of architecture was
beautifully simple. Wright's houses had low, sweeping
rooflines hanging over walls with many windows. He had
massive brick or stone fireplaces at the center of the
house. His rooms were very open, one leading to another.
His houses seemed to be reaching out toward some real or
imagined prairie horizon. On the other hand, Wright's
urban buildings tended to be walled in, but lit through
Why is Wright
Do you have a living room in your
house? Or a carport? Does your house have an "open" floor
plan? If so, then your surroundings were influenced by
the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. While most of his
designs were single-family homes, he also designed houses
of worship, skyscrapers, resorts, museums, government
offices, gas stations, and bridges.
What did he design in his late
During most of his life, Frank Lloyd
Wright was a pioneer in the modern style of architecture.
He designed houses, hotels, and buildings. Some of the
most influential buildings of his late period included
Tokyo's Imperial Hotel, Fallingwater (Mill Run, Pa.) the
S.C. Johnson and Son West, and New York City's Guggenheim
Can I read a quote about Frank
"The greatest artist this country has
ever produced seems at last to be coming into his own.
America's other great artists--our painters, sculptors,
composers - don't really rank with the tops of all time.
They're not Rembrandt or Michelangelo or Beethoven.
Wright alone has that standing."
--From the Taliesin Architects web
What style of architecture was
Wright most famous for?
Wright is most famous for the prairie
style of architecture. One night at a party, Daniel
Burnham took Wright aside and asked Wright to join his
architectural firm. Frank Lloyd Wright knew that Burnham
only used the classical style of architecture. Wright
turned down the offer and said that prairie style homes
had special meaning to him. Prairie style was a symbol of
peace and freedom. He wanted the prairie style homes to
give security to their owners.
Prairie style homes were quite unique.
The main living room opened up into a large space. The
outside walls went beyond the home to the open outdoors.
The homes also didn't have attics or basements. The
materials that were used to design the homes were plain
and simple. The roofs hung further away from the house
than most normal homes.
What are some of his famous
buildings in the Chicago area?
Wright has designed many buildings in
the Chicago area. He designed the F.W.
Thomas House, the
House, his home
and studio, the
House, and many other famous
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