Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday

Frank Lloyd Wright – a Wisconsin native born on June 8, 1867 – is widely regarded as the greatest American architect ever.

As a self-assured and sometimes outspoken public figure, that’s a distinction he would welcome, and for good reason: Wright revolutionized building and design by perfecting what he called “organic architecture.”

Wright meticulously designed his homes and buildings, inside and out, to exist harmoniously with nature.

He is perhaps best known for his Prairie School-style of architecture, which stresses clean, horizontal lines, expansive interiors, low-sloped roofs and clean, strong construction that makes use of its surroundings while steering clear of ornate decorations.

Wright completed more than 500 works in his lifetime – many of which are located in the Midwest.

His own home and studio, which he built in 1889 and lived in for 20 years, is in the village of Oak Park on Chicago’s West Side.

Wright continued working up until his death on April 9, 1959, at the age of 91.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, which restores and operates several Wright properties, is hosting several programs and events in honor of the architect’s 150th birthday on Thursday.

Joining us to discuss Wright’s legacy on the eve of this special anniversary is David Bagnall, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s curator.

Photos of Wright-designed buildings courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust:

  • The Coonley House in Riverside, Illinois.

  • The Coonley House in Riverside, Illinois.

  • The Emil Bach House in Chicago.

  • The Emil Bach House in Chicago.

  • The Rollin Furbeck House in Oak Park, Illinois.

  • The Goodrich House in Oak Park, Illinois.

  • The Laura Gale House in Oak Park, Illinois.

  • The Rookery Building in Chicago.

  • The Arthur Heurtley House in Oak Park, Illinois.

  • The Oscar B. Balch House in Oak Park, Illinois.

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