An illustrated guide to Frank Lloyd Wright


Frank Lloyd Wright is lionized for Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum, but there was much more to America’s most famous architect. For his 150th birthday, we delved deep to find new angles on Wright’s origins, inspirations, collaborators, and disciples.

Wright isn’t the only bona fide celebrity to have a less-than-sterling rep, but how did he get so famous in the first place? Oh right, the buildings. His ingenious, enchanting buildings—over 500 actual buildings, and 500 more on top of those that he didn’t get a chance to construct in his 91 years on this planet. According to the catalog for MoMA’s whopper of a retrospective—timed to what would have been Wright’s 150th birthday—the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives alone holds “55,000 drawings, 125,000 photographs, 285 films, 300,000 sheets of correspondence, 2,700 manuscripts,” and more. Prolific, to say the least.

Here, we winnowed down decades of work to pull out key buildings from the Frank Lloyd Wright oeuvre, from the domestically-scaled to the heavily ornamented, from the corporate behemoth to the soaring geometric forms of his later years. While any Wright archivist will tell you the architect himself eschewed “styles,” we’ve separated out his building chronology into a few key themes, depicting them with the help of illustrator Julia Rothman.

 Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park Home, Oak Park, Illinois, 1889

 William Winslow House, River Forest, Illinois, 1893

 Isidore Heller House, Chicago, Illinois, 1896

 Unity Temple, Oak Park, Illinois, 1905

 Meyer May House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1908

 Frederick Robie House, Chicago, Illinois, 1910 American System Built Houses, various Midwestern sites, 1915

 Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan, 1913-1922

 Hollyhock House, Los Angeles, California, 1920

 Alice Millard House, Pasadena, California, 1923

 Charles Ennis House, Los Angeles, 1924

 Edgar Kaufman House (“Fallingwater”), Mill Run, Pennsylvania, 1935

 SC Johnson Administration Building, Racine, Wisconsin, 1936 (the adjacent Research Tower was built in 1943)

 Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1937-38

 Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, 1938

 Herbert and Katharine Jacob House, Madison, Wisconsin, 1937

 Loren Pope House, Alexandria, Virginia, 1939

 William Tracy House, Normandy Park, Washington, 1954 Clifton and George Lewis II House (“Spring House”), Tallahassee, Florida, 1954

 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, 1943-1959

 David Wright House, Phoenix, Arizona, 1950

 Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1952

 Beth Sholom Synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1954

 Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 1956

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