Frank Lloyd Wright - A Portfolio of Selected Architecture

The Frederick C. Robie House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1910
The Frederick C. Robie House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1910. Photo by Raymond Boyd / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
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1895, Rebuilt in 1923: Nathan G. Moore House

Nathan G. Moore House, built in 1895, designed and remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park
The Nathan G. Moore House, built in 1895, designed and remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park, Illinois. Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

During his long life, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed hundreds of buildings, including museums, churches, office buildings, private homes, and other structures. In this photo gallery, you'll find pictures of some of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous buildings. For a detailed listing of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, also explore our Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Index.

Nathan G. Moore House, 333 Forest Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois

"We don't want you giving us anything like that house you did for Winslow," Nathan Moore told the young Frank Lloyd Wright. "I don't fancy sneaking down back streets to my morning train just to avoid being laughed at."

Needing money, Wright agreed to build the house in a style he found "repugnant" - Tudor Revival. A fire destroyed the upper floor of the house, and Wright built a new version in 1923. However, he retained its Tudor flavor. The Nathan G. Moore house was the house Wright hated.

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1889: The Frank Lloyd Wright Home

West Facade of Frank Lloyd Wright's Home in Oak Park, Illinois
West Facade of Frank Lloyd Wright's Home in Oak Park, Illinois. Photo by Don Kalec/Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust/Archive Photos Collection/Getty Images (cropped)

Frank Lloyd Wright borrowed $5,000 from his employer, Louis Sullivan, to build the home where he lived for twenty years, raised six children, and launched his career in architecture.

Built in the Shingle Style, Frank Lloyd Wright's house at 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois was very different from the Prairie Style architecture he pioneered. Wright's home was always in transition because he remodeled as his design theories changed. Learn more about the design choices that define his eclectic style in Frank Lloyd Wright Interiors — The Architecture of Space.

Frank Lloyd Wright expanded the main house in 1895, and added the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio in 1898. Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio are offered daily by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

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1898: The Frank Lloyd Wright Studio

Inside Frank Lloyd Wright's Studio, attached to his house in Oak Park, Illinois
The Wright Studio at Oak Park. Photo by Santi Visalli/Archive Photos/Getty Images (cropped)

Frank Lloyd Wright added a studio to his Oak Park home at 951 Chicago Avenue in 1898. Here he experimented with light and form, and conceived the concepts of Prairie architecture. Many of his early interior architectural designs were realized here. At the business entrance, columns are decked with symbolic designs. According to the official guidebook for the Frank Lloyd Wright House and Studio:

"The book of knowledge issues from the tree of life, a symbol of natural growth. A scroll of architectural plans unrolls from it. On either side are sentry storks, perhaps symbols of wisdom and fertility."
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1901: Waller Gates

The Waller Gates by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Waller Gates by Frank Lloyd Wright The Waller Gates by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo by Oak Park Cycle Club, cropped by Fox69 via Wikimedia Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic ( CC BY-SA 2.0)

Developer Edward Waller lived in River Forest, a Chicago suburb near Oak Park, Illinois—home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Waller also lived near William Winslow, the owner of Winslow Bros. Ornamental Ironworks. The 1893 Winslow House is known today as Wright's first experimentation with what became known as Prairie School design.

Waller became an early client of Wright's by commissioning the young architect to design a couple of modest apartment buildings in 1895. Waller then hired Wright to do some work on his own River Forest House, including designing these rusticated stone entrance gates at Auvergne and Lake Street, River Forest, Illinois.

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1901: Frank W. Thomas House

The Frank W. Thomas House, 1901, by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Illinois
The Frank W. Thomas House by Frank Lloyd Wright The Frank W. Thomas House, 1901, by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Illinois. Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives Collection/Getty Images

The Frank W. Thomas House at 210 Forest Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois, was commissioned by James C. Rogers for his daughter and her husband, Frank Wright Thomas. In some ways, it resembles the Heurtley House—both homes have leaded glass windows, an arched entryway, and a low, long profile. The Thomas house is widely considered Wright's first Prairie Style home in Oak Park. It is also his first all stucco home in Oak Park. Using stucco instead of wood meant that Wright could design clear, geometric forms.

The main rooms of the Thomas House are raised a full story above a high basement. The L-shaped floor plan of the house gives it an open view to the north and west, while obscuring a brick wall located on the south side. A "false door" is located just above the arched entryway.

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1902: Dana-Thomas House

Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois by Frank Lloyd Wright
The Susan Lawrence Dana Residence by Frank Lloyd Wright Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo by Michael Bradford via Flickr, CC 2.0 Generic License

Susan Lawrence Dana, widow (1900) of Edwin L. Dana and heiress to the fortunes of her father, Rheuna Lawrence (d. 1901) inherited a house at 301-327 East Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, Illinois. In 1902, Mrs. Dana asked architect Frank Lloyd Wright to remodel the house she had inherited from her father.

No small job, after the remodeling the size of the house had expanded to  35 rooms, 12,600 square feet, plus a 3,100 square foot carriage house. In 1902 dollars, the cost was $60,000.

Prairie School Features: low pitched roof, roof overhangs, rows of windows for natural light, open floor plan, large central fireplace, leaded art glass, original Wright furniture, large open interior spaces, built-in bookcases and seating

Publisher Charles C. Thomas bought the house in 1944 and sold it to the State of Illinois in 1981.

Source: History of the Dana-Thomas House, Dana-Thomas House Education Resources, Historic Sites Division, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (PDF) [accessed May 22, 2013]

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1902: Arthur Heurtley House

The Arthur Heurtley House by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1902
The Arthur Heurtley House by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1902. Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives Collection/Getty Images (cropped)

Frank Lloyd Wright designed this Prairie Style Oak Park home for Arthur Heurtley, who was a banker with a keen interest in the arts.

The low, compact Heurtly House at 318 Forest Ave., Oak Park, Illinois, has variegated brickwork with vibrant color and rough texture. The vast hipped roof, a continuous band of casement windows along the second story, and a long low brick wall create the sensation that the Heurtley House embraces the earth.

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1903: George F. Barton House

The Prairie Style George F Barton House by Frank Lloyd Wright
The George F. Barton House by Frank Lloyd Wright The Prairie Style George F Barton House by Frank Lloyd Wright, in the Martin House complex, Buffalo, NY. Photo by Jaydec, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License

George Barton was married to the sister of Darwin D. Martin, an executive at the Larkin Soap Company in Buffalo, New York. Larkin became a great patron of Wright's, but he first used his sister's house at 118 Sutton Avenue to test out the young architect. The smaller Prairie house design is near Darwin D. Martin's much larger house.

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1904: Larkin Company Administration Building

Larkin Company Administration Building in Buffalo, NY
The Larkin Building by Frank Lloyd Wright, demolished in 1950 This exterior view of the Larkin Company Administration Building in Buffalo, NY was part of a 2009 exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. Frank Lloyd Wright worked on the building between 1902 and 1906. It is was demolished in 1950. 18 x 26 inches. FLLW FDN # 0403.0030 © 2009 The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona

The Larkin Administration Building at 680 Seneca Street in Buffalo, New York was one of the few large public buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Larkin Building was modern for its time with conveniences like air conditioning. Designed and built between 1904 and 1906, it was Wright's first large, commercial enterprise.

Tragically, the Larkin Company struggled financially and the building fell into disrepair. For awhile the office building was used as a store for Larkin products. Then, in 1950 when Frank Lloyd Wright was 83, the Larkin Building was demolished. This historic photograph is was part of the Guggenheim Museum 50th Anniversary Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition.

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1905: Darwin D. Martin House

The Prairie Style Darwin D. Martin House by Frank Lloyd Wright, Buffalo, NY
Darwin D Martin House by Frank Lloyd Wright The Prairie Style Darwin D. Martin House by Frank Lloyd Wright, Buffalo, NY. Photo by Dave Pape, Wikimedia Commons

Darwin D. Martin had become a successful businessman at the Larkin Soap Company in Buffalo by the time the company's president, John Larkin, entrusted him with building a new administration building. Martin met with a young Chicago architect named Frank Lloyd Wright, and commissioned Wright to built a small house for his sister and her husband, George F. Barton, while creating plans for the new Larkin Administration Building. 

Two years older and wealthier than Wright, Darwin Martin became a lifelong patron and friend of the Chicago architect. Taken with Wright's new Prairie Style house design, Martin commissioned Wright to design this residence at 125 Jewett Parkway in Buffalo, as well as other buildings such as a conservatory and carriage house. Wright finished the complex by 1907. Today, the main house is thought to be one of the finest examples of Wright's Prairie styles.

All tours begin at the Toshiko Mori-designed visitor's center, a comfortable glass pavilion built in 2009 to bring the visitor into the world of Darwin D. Martin and the Martin complex of buildings.

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1905: William R. Heath House

William R. Heath Residence in Buffalo NY by Frank Lloyd Wright
The William R. Heath Residence by Frank Lloyd Wright William R. Heath Residence in Buffalo NY by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo by Tim Engleman, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License

The William R. Heath House at 76 Soldiers Place in Buffalow, New York is one of several homes that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for executives from the Larkin Company.

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1905: Darwin D. Martin Gardener's Cottage

The Prairie Style Gardener's Cottage by Frank Lloyd Wright
Gardener's Cottage in the Darwin D. Martin complex by Frank Lloyd Wright The Prairie Style Gardener's Cottage by Frank Lloyd Wright, in the Martin House complex, Buffalo, NY. Photo by Jaydec, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License

Not all of Frank Lloyd Wright's early homes were large and extravagant. This seemingly simple cottage at 285 Woodward Avenue was built for the caretaker of the Darwin D. Martin complex in Buffalo, New York.

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1906-1908: Unity Temple

Unity Temple Interior by Frank Lloyd Wright
Unity Temple by Frank Lloyd Wright Built in 1905–08, Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois shows Frank Lloyd Wright's early use of open space. This photo of the church interior was featured in a 2009 exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. Photograph by David Heald © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Unity Temple at 875 Lake Street in Oak Park, Illinois is a functioning Unitarian church. Wright's design is important in architectural history for two reasons: the outside and the inside.

Why is Unity Temple Famous?

Exterior: The structure is constructed of poured, reinforced concrete—a building method often promoted by Wright and never before embraced by architects of sacred buildings. Read more about the Cubic Concrete Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois.

Interior: Serenity is brought to interior space through Wright's architecture—repeated forms; colored banding complementing natural wood; clerestory light; coffered ceiling light; Japanese-type lanterns. "The reality of the building is not in the four walls and roof but in the space enclosed by them to be lived in," Wright explained in the January 1938 Architectural Forum.

" But in Unity Temple (1904-05) to bring the room through was consciously a main objective. So Unity Temple has no actual walls as walls. Utilitarian features, the stair enclosures at the corners; low masonry screens carrying roof supports; the upper part of the structure on four sides a continuous window beneath the ceiling of the big room, the ceiling extending out over them to shelter them; the opening of this slab where it passed over the big room to let sunlight fall where deep shadow had been deemed "religious"; these were to a great extent the means employed to achieve the purpose."—FLW, 1938

SOURCE: "Frank Lloyd Wright On Architecture: Selected Writings (1894-1940)," Frederick Gutheim, ed., Grosset's Universal Library, 1941, p. 231.

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1908: Walter V. Davidson House

The Walter V. Davidson House by Frank Lloyd Wright, Buffalo, NY
The Walter V. Davidson House by Frank Lloyd Wright The Prairie Style Walter V. Davidson House by Frank Lloyd Wright, Buffalo, NY. Photo by Wikimedia member Monsterdog77, public domain

Like other executives at the Larkin Soap Company, Walter V. Davidson asked Wright to design and build a residence for him and his family at 57 Tillinghast Place in Buffalo. The City of Buffalo, New York and its vicinity has one of the greatest collections of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture outside of Illinois.

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1910: Frederic C. Robie House

The Frederick C. Robie House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1910
The Frederick C. Robie House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1910. Photo by Raymond Boyd / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Frank Lloyd Wright revolutionized the American home when he began to design Prairie Style houses with low horizontal lines and open interior spaces. The Robie House in Chicago, Illinois, has been called Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous prairie house—and the beginning of modernism in the United States.

Originally owned by Frederick C. Robie, a businessman and inventor, the Robie House has a long, low profile with linear white stones and wide, nearly flat roof and overhanging eaves.

Source: Frederick C. Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust at www.gowright.org/research/wright-robie-house.html [accessed May 2, 2013].

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1911 - 1925: Taliesin

Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's summer home in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Taliesin by Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's summer home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge / Archive Photos / Getty Images (cropped)

Frank Lloyd Wright built Talieson as a new home and studio and also as a refuge for himself and his mistress, Mamah Borthwick. Designed in the Prairie tradition, Talieson in Spring Green, Wisconsin became a hub for creative activity, and also a center of tragedy.

Until he died in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright stayed at Talieson in Wisconsin every summer and Talieson West in Arizona in the winter. He designed Fallingwater, the Guggenheim Museum, and many other important buildings from the Wisconsin Talieson studio. Today, Talieson remains the summer headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship, the school that Frank Lloyd Wright founded for apprentice architects.

What Does Talieson Mean?
Frank Lloyd Wright named his summer home Talieson in honor of his Welsh heritage. Pronounced Tally-ESS-in, the word means shining brow in the Welsh language. Talieson is like a brow because it sets on the side of a hill.

Tragedy at Taliesin
Frank Lloyd Wright designed Talieson for his mistress, Mamah Borthwick, but on August 15, 1914, the home became a bloodbath. A vengeful servant set the living quarters on fire and murdered Mamah and six other people. Writer Nancy Horan has chronicled Frank Lloyd Wright's affair and the death of his mistress in the fact-based novel, Loving Frank.

Changes at Taliesin
The Taliesin estate grew and changed as Frank Lloyd Wright purchased more land and constructed more buildings. Also, several fires destroyed parts of the original structures:

  • August 15, 1914: The servant who murdered Mama Borthwick also set a fire that destroyed the living quarters.
  • April 22, 1925: An apparent electrical problem caused another fired in the living quarters.
  • April 26, 1952: A section of the Hillside building burned.

Today, the Taliesin estate has 600 acres with five buildings and a waterfall designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The surviving buildings include: Taliesin III (1925); Hillside Home School (1902, 1933); Midway Farm (1938); and structures designed by students of the Taliesin Fellowship.

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1917-1921: Hollyhock House (Barnsdall House)

The Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Aline Barnsdall House by Frank Lloyd Wright The Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith / Buyenlarge / Archive Photos / Getty Images (cropped)

Frank Lloyd Wright captured the aura of ancient Mayan temples with stylized hollyhock patterns and projecting pinnacles at the Aline Barnsdall House in California. The house at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California is commonly known as the Hollyhock House. Wright called the house his California Romanza, suggesting that the house was like an intimate piece of music.

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1923: Charles Ennis (Ennis-Brown) House

The Ennis-Brown House, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1924
The Charles Ennis (Ennis-Brown) House by Frank Lloyd Wright The Ennis-Brown House, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1924. hoto by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News Collection/Getty Images

Frank Lloyd Wright used stepped walls and textured concrete blocks called textile blocks for the Ennis-Brown house at 2607 Glendower Avenue in Los Angeles, California. The design of the Ennis-Brown home suggests pre-Columbian architecture from South America. Three other Frank Lloyd Wright houses in California are made with similar textile blocks. All were built in 1923: the Millard House; the Storer House; and the Freeman House.

The rugged exterior of the Ennis-Brown House became famous when it was featured in House on Haunted Hill, a 1959 film directed by William Castle. The interior of the Ennis House has appeared in many movies and television shows, including:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Twin Peaks
  • Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott
  • Thirteenth Floor (1999)
  • Predator 2 (1990)

The Ennis House has not weathered well and millions of dollars have gone into repairing the roof and stabilizing a deteriorating retaining wall. In 2011 billionaire Ron Burkle paid almost $4.5 million to purchase the house. Restorations are underway.

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1927: Graycliff by Frank Lloyd Wright

Graycliff, the Isabelle R. Martin House, by Frank Lloyd Wright, Derby, NY
Graycliff, the Isabelle R. Martin House, by Frank Lloyd Wright Graycliff, the Isabelle R. Martin House, by Frank Lloyd Wright, Derby, NY. Photo by Frankphotos, Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License

Frank Lloyd Wright designed a summer home for Larkin Soap executive Darwin D. Martin and his family. Overlooking Lake Erie, Graycliff is about 20 miles south of Buffalo, the Martins' home.

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1935: Fallingwater

Cantilevered living areas over Bear Run at Fallingwater in Pennsylvania
Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright Cantilevered living areas over Bear Run at Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. Photo ©Jackie Craven

Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania may look like a loose pile of concrete slabs about to topple into the stream—but there is no danger of that! The slabs are actually anchored through the stonework of the hillside. Also, the largest and heaviest portion of the house is at the rear, not over the water. And, finally, each floor has its own support system.

When you enter the recessed front door of Fallingwater, your eye is first drawn to a far corner, where a balcony overlooks the waterfall. To the right of the entryway, there is a dining alcove, a large fireplace, and stairs leading to the upper story. To the left, groups of seating offer scenic views.

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1936–1937: First Jacobs House

Usonian Style Herbert Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin
Usonian Style Herbert Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-highsm-40228 (cropped)

Frank Lloyd Wright designed two homes for Herbert and Katherine Jacobs. The the First Jacobs House at 441 Toepfer Street in Westmorland, near Madison, Wisconsin, was built in 1936-1937.  The brick and wood construction and glass curtain walls suggested simplicity and harmony with nature—introducing organic architecture with Wright's concept of Usonian architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright's later Usonian houses became more complex, but the First Jacobs House is considered Wright's most pure example of Usonian ideas.

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1937+ at Taliesin West

Taliesin West, the Sprawling, Organic Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright at Shea Road in Scottsdale, Arizona
Taliesin West, the Sprawling, Organic Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright at Shea Road in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Hedrich Blessing Collection/Chicago History Museum/Archive Photos/Getty Images (cropped)

Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentices gathered desert rocks and sand to build this 600 acre complex near Scottsdale, Arizona. Wright envisioned Taliesin West as a bold new concept for desert living—"a look over the rim of the world" as organic architecture—and it was warmer than his summer home in Wisconsin.

The Taliesin West complex includes a drafting studio, a dining room and kitchen, several theaters, housing for apprentices and staff, a student workshop, and expansive grounds with pools, terraces and gardens. Taliesin West is a school for architecture, but it also served as Wright's winter home until his death in 1959.

Experimental structures built by apprentice architects dot the landscape. The campus of Taliesin West continues to grow and change.

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1939 and 1950: The Johnson Wax Buildings

Tower, globe, and Administration Building for the S.C. Johnson and Son headquarters, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Racine, Wisconsin. The Johnson Wax Research Tower is a cantilever design, 1950.
The Administration Building and Research Tower by Frank Lloyd Wright Tower, globe, and Administration Building for the S.C. Johnson and Son headquarters, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Racine, Wisconsin. The Johnson Wax Research Tower is a cantilever design, 1950. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Archive Photos Collection/Getty Images

Like the Buffalo, New York Larkin Administration building decades earlier, the Johnson Wax Buildings at 14th and Franklin Streets in Racine, Wisconsin connected Wright with wealthy patrons of his architecture. The Johnson Wax campus came in two parts:

Features of the Administration Building (1939):

  • Half-acre open space workroom with mushroom-like column supports
  • Circular elevators that run from the basement to top level
  • 43 miles of Pyrex glass tubes allow light in, but these "windows" are not transparent
  • More than 40 different pieces of furniture designed by Wright. Some chairs had only three legs and would tip over if workers became forgetful.
  • Dominant color: Cherokee Red

Features of the Research Tower (1950):

  • 153 feet tall
  • 14 floors
  • A central core (13 feet in diameter and 54 feet into the ground) supports the cantilevered floors. The glass exterior surrounds this core.

In the Words of Frank Lloyd Wright:

"There in the Johnson Building you catch no sense of enclosure whatever at any angle, top or sides.... Interior space comes free, you are not aware of any boxing in at all. Restricted space simply is not there. Right there where you've always experienced this interior constriction you take a look at the sky!"—Frank Lloyd Wright, In the Realm of Ideas, edited by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Gerald Nordland

Source: The Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings at S C Johnson, ©2013 S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. All Rights Reserved. [accessed May 17, 2013]

Learn More: Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower by Mark Hertzberg, 2010
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1939: Wingspread

Wright's Wingspread is organically low to the ground, brick, with central chimney
The Herbert F. Johnson House by Frank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright designed house Wingspread, the Herbert F. Johnson House, in Racine, Wisconsin. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge / Archive Photos / Getty Images (cropped)

Wingspread is the name given to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence of Herbert Fisk Johnson, Jr. (1899-1978) and his family. At the time, Johnson was the President of the Johnson Wax Company, founded by his grandfather. The design is inspired by the Prairie School, but with native American influences. Look inside in Frank Lloyd Wright Interiors — The Architecture of Space. A central 30-foot chimney creates a multi-story wigwam at the center of four residential wings. Each of the four living zones was designed for specified functional uses (i.e., for adults, children, guests, servants). See the layout and floor plans of Wingspread.

Located at 33 East Four Mile Road in Racine, Wisconsin, Wingspread was constructed with Kasota limestone, red Streator brick, tinted stucco, unstained tidewater cypress wood, and concrete. Typical Wright features include cantilevers and glass skylights, Cherokee red color decor, and Wright-designed furniture—the iconic barrel chair.

Completed in 1939, Wingspread is now owned by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread—all 14,000 square feet on 30 acres. Herbert F. Johnson also commissioned Wright to build the Johnson Wax Buildings and commissioned I. M. Pei to design the 1973 Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Sources: Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places, Wisconsin Historical Society; The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread at www.johnsonfdn.org/at-wingspread/wingspread [accessed May 16, 2013]

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1952: Price Tower

The Price Tower by Frank Lloyd Wright, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Price Company Tower by Frank Lloyd Wright The Price Tower by Frank Lloyd Wright, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Photo © Ben Russell / iStockPhoto

Frank Lloyd Wright modeled the H.C. Price Company tower - or, the "Price Tower" - after the shape of a tree. Located at N.E. 6th at Dewey Avenue in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the Price Tower is the only cantilevered skyscraper that Frank Lloyd Wright designed.

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1954: Kentuck Knob

Kentuck Knob, the Hagan House, by Frank Lloyd Wright
Kentuck Knob, also known as the Hagan House, by Frank Lloyd Wright Kentuck Knob, also known as the Hagan House, in Stewart Township, PA, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo ©Jackie Craven

Less well-known than its neighbor at Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob on nearby Chalk Hill in Stewart township is a treasure to tour when you're in Pennsylvania. The country house designed for the Hagan family is a fine example of the organic architecture Wright had been advocating since 1894:

Proposition III: " A building should appear to grow easily from its site and be shaped to harmonize with its surroundings if nature is manifest there...."

SOURCE: Frank Lloyd Wright On Architecture: Selected Writings (1894-1940), Frederick Gutheim, ed., Grosset's Universal Library, 1941, p. 34.

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1956: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church by Frank Lloyd Wright, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church by Frank Lloyd Wright Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church by Frank Lloyd Wright, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Photo © Henryk Sadura / iStockPhoto

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the circular church for the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Congregation in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in 1956. Like Beth Sholom in Pennsylvania, Wright's only completed synagogue, the architect died before the church (and synagogue) were completed.

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1959: Gammage Theater

Gammage Theater by Frank Lloyd Wright at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium by Frank Lloyd Wright Gammage Theater by Frank Lloyd Wright at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Photo © Terry Wilson / iStockPhoto

Frank Lloyd Wright drew from his plans for a cultural complex in Baghdad, Iraq when he designed the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Wright died in 1959, before construction of the hemicycle design was begun.

About Gammage:

  • Constructed by R.E. McKee Company, El Paso, N.M.
  • Built from 1962 to 1964
  • Cost: $2.46 million
  • Height: 80 feet (eight stories)
  • Dimensions: 300 by 250 feet
  • Access: two pedestrian bridges, extending 200 feet
  • Performance Hall: 3,000 seat

SOURCE: About ASU Gammage, Arizona State University

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1959: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright The Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright Opened on October 21, 1959. Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed several semi-circular, or hemicycle, buildings, and Guggenheim Museum in New York City is his most famous. Wright's design went through many revisions. Early plans for the Guggenheim show a much more colorful building.

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2004, Blue Sky Mausoleum

Photo from head of stone mausoleum, looking down stone terraced hill toward the sky and a pond.
The Blue Sky Mausoleum Designed in 1928 by Frank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright Designed the Blue Sky Mausoleum for Darwin D. Martin. Photo ©Jackie Craven

The Blue Sky Mausoleum in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York is a clear example of Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture. The design is a terrace of stone steps, hugging a hillside toward a small pond below and open sky above. Wright's words are engraved on the headstone: "A burial facing the open sky...The whole could not fail of noble effect...."

Wright designed the memorial in 1928 for his friend, Darwin D. Martin, but Martin lost his fortune during the Great Depression. The memorial was not built in either man's lifetime. The Blue Sky Mausoleum,™ now a trademark of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, was eventually built in 2004. A very limited number of private crypts are being sold to the public by blueskymausoleum.com—"the only opportunities in the world where one can choose memorialization in a Frank Lloyd Wright structure."

[Note: Blue Sky Mausoleum Private Client Group website accessed July 11, 2012]

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2007, from 1905 and 1930 plans: Fontana Boathouse

The Prairie Style Fontana Boathouse by Frank Lloyd Wright, Buffalo, NY
The Fontana Boathouse by Frank Lloyd Wright The Prairie Style Fontana Boathouse by Frank Lloyd Wright, Buffalo, NY. Photo by Mpmajewski, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the plans for the Fontana Boathouse in 1905. In 1930, he redrew the plans, changing the stucco exterior to concrete. However, the Fontana Boathouse was never built during Wright's lifetime. The Frank Lloyd Wright's Rowing Boathouse Corporation constructed the Fontana Boathouse on Black Rock Canal in Buffalo, New York in 2007 based on Wright's plans.

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