Frank Lloyd Wright

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Date of Birth June 8, 1867
Place of Birth Richland Center, Wisconsin
Date of Death Apr 9, 1959 (91)
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Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, whose creative period spanned more than 70 years, designing more than 1,000 structures, of which 532 were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by Fallingwater, which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture." As a founder of organic architecture, Wright played a key role in the architectural movements of the twentieth century, influencing three generations of architects worldwide through his works. Wright was the pioneer of what came to be called the Prairie School movement of architecture, and he also developed the concept of the Usonian home in Broadacre City, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States.

Born: Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867, Richland Center, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died: April 9, 1959, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
Alma mater: University of Wisconsin–Madison
Occupation: Architect
Children: 7, including Lloyd Wright and John Lloyd Wright
Awards: RIBA Gold Medal, AIA Gold Medal, Twenty-five Year Award (4), Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity
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About Frank Lloyd Wright

Innovative architect, interior designer, writer, and educator who sought to blend buildings with the surrounding environment across his 1,000-plus structures. He finished 532 works and was among the leaders of the Prairie School architectural movement. He pioneered urban planning in the United States through the Usonian home.

Before Fame

He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, although he left before obtaining a degree. He moved to Chicago following his time at college, which was still reeling from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and needed developers. He went to work as a draftsman for the architectural firm of the famed Joseph Lyman Silsbee.

Achievement

His most famous work, Fallingwater from 1935, was called "the best all-time work of American architecture" and was an example of his belief in organic architecture; it was at one time, however, in danger of falling into the water beneath it.

Family Life

He was born to parents William Carey Wright and Anna Lloyd Jones in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He was married three times, first to Catherine Wright, then to Miriam Wright, then finally to Olgivanna Wright.

Associations

Paul Simon wrote the song "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" after him.

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