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Frank Lloyd Wright

June 8, 1867 - April 9, 1959


American architect Frank Llyod Wright was well off from the start of his life. Wright spent a short amount of time at university. After dropping out, he discovered his passion for architecture and started to work on building all types of buildings. In doing such, he pursued his love of architecture, and therefore became a true architect. At first, joining an architecture firm and, after a short while, Wright set out on his own.

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 most well-known for coining the “prairie style.” This is the style in which Wright built most of his most well-known works, 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 devasting, 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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