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Frank Lloyd Wright

June 8, 1867 - April 9, 1959
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“Frank Lloyd Wright changed the way we build and the way we live.” – The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

After dropping out of university, he discovered his passion for architecture. Caught in the age of the Art Deco movement, elements of which can be seen in some of his designs in the furniture and glass window panes Wright executed and built, he is well-known for creating the “prairie style.” Wright built most of his most well-known works in this style, ranging from everyday houses, including his own house after his own marriage occurred, to his most notable accomplishments; such as Fallingwater, the Robie House, and the Guggenheim Museum. He also built the occasional temple and/or church. While designing and constructing these famous buildings, Wright stuck to his core beliefs of nature and the organic being one with the “rhythmic feel” of the building and, incorporated his beliefs into them so that they were sure to go hand in hand with each other and work together as one. He also believed in “making the common uncommon” and made sure this showed in his buildings. These features are most pronounced in his most prominent buildings. Namely, Fallingwater and the Robie House as well as the Guggenheim, which he did on commission. These three buildings encompass those beliefs, therefore making them all the more beautiful and unique. Both the Robie House and Fallingwater are cantilevered in the most organic way. At Fallingwater, some of the cantilevers are right over a waterfall or some form of water, bringing the aspect of nature into, and at one, with it. To put it simply, the feeling of these buildings are one of a kind.

While Wright’s death was devastating, his famously known landmarks still remain. All throughout his life, he credited his mother with the fact that he was an architect, saying she thought it was meant to be, even when he was young. Wright and his architecture went above and beyond, changing the course of history architecturally, pushing the limits of what could be done. Wright built, or helped to build, over 1,000 buildings over the 70-year period he was alive. Wright is renowned today, not only for what he accomplished, but for being a trailblazer of U.S. and worldwide architecture.

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