Which one gets you, Falling Waters? The Guggenheim Museum? Johnson Wax headquarters? The Rookery? Today we honor America’s greatest architect on
NATIONAL FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT DAY!
They laughed when he announced he had designed an earthquake-proof building. That is, until his Imperial Hotel was the only large building in Tokyo still standing after the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923.
Born in Wisconsin in 1867 and only indifferently educated, Frank Lloyd Wright began his apprenticeship in 1888 as an interior illustrator for the Chicago architecture firm of Adler & Sullivan, where he came under the wing of Louis Sullivan, and was soon an important part of the design team. After 4 years he opened his own office and became a leading light in a group of young architects whose work would be called “The Prairie School.”
Wright experimented with and reconfigured form, function and materials, designing some of the most memorable and interesting homes and public buildings in the world. He lived to be 91 years old, and of his over 400 completed projects, 300 of them still stand, as bold, beautiful and exciting as the day they were built.
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