Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright was a world architect. He lived in the early part of the 20th century, born in Richland Center Wisconsin. One of his very notable achievement was in the late 1950′s when New York City requested Mr. Wright to build a museum to house a collection of abstract art. The museum was named “The Museum of Modern Art”. The design was controversial having been based on a spiral. The various floors were joined by a ramp in a spiral manner. They contended that the curved walls were not suitable to hang art. None the less, today the building is one of the best examples of Wright’s work as an architect.
In the 1920’s Mr. Wright designed homes that were affordable. They had a unique design of built with concrete blocks. He called the blocks, textile blocks. Many of these style homes were built in Los Angeles, California. He was from the midwest and many of his homes had a long flat look to them and were named prairie houses. During this time he built a grand hotel in Japan. It was a very elegant project. When the earthquake hit this area in 1923 the hotel suffered little damage This gave Mr. Wright notoriety and he was commissioned to design many more buildings. His career was off and running.
His designed went further than the exterior of the buildings. He looked after every detail of the structure including the carpets, furniture, and lamp shades. Glass was of special interest to Mr. Wright. He was instrumental in promoting the use of glass in construction. He especially liked the light and spacious that using glass gave a building. He also incorporated stained glass in his style.
Mr. Wrights home and studio is located in Oak Park, Illinois. It was built in 1909 for he and his bride when he was only 22. He added to it as years went along to accommodate his growing family. He and his wife, Catherine Tobin, raised six children in the home. The original home cost $5,000 and was built in 1889. Quite expensive for the times. This home is now considered a National Historic Landmark.