Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was born on June 8, 1867 in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Early on, his mother influenced his career in architecture by emphasizing the importance of education and by introducing him to Froebel Blocks.

Although Mr. Wright designed many structures in his lifetime, he was truly an architect of houses. His philosophy of organic architecture focused on the harmony between the building and its natural surroundings.

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“The house of moderate cost is not only America’s major architectural problem but the problem most difficult for her major architects,” said Wright. This inspired him to design the Usonian home, the concept of an affordable home to serve the masses, and a home that is uniquely American.

Over the years, Frank Lloyd Wright designed over 500 structures, many of which still survive today. He was ninety-one years old when he died, leaving such architectural masterpieces as the Robie House in Chicago; Taliesin East and West in Wisconsin and Arizona respectively; The Johnson Wax Buildings in Racine, Wisconsin; Fallingwater in Pennsylvania; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.




Significant Milestones in Life + Career

1867

Wright born on June 8th in Richland Center, WI

1877

Wright family moves to Madison, WI

1886

Attends University of Wisconsin-Madison

1887

Moves to Chicago, IL & works for Joseph Lyman Silsbee

1888

Begins working for Louis Sullivan

FLW as a Child

Frank Lloyd Wright as a Child, 1869



1889

Marries Catherine Tobin

1893

Opens architectural practice in Chicago, IL
Designs Winslow House in River Forest, IL

1903

Meets Mamah Borthwick Cheney

1905

Travels to Japan & begins dealing in Japanese prints

Winslow House

Winslow House, 1893
Photo: Bilyan Belchev



1906

Designs Robie House in Hyde Park, IL

1909

Abandons family & travels to Europe with Mamah Cheney

1911

Returns to United States from Europe
Construction begins work on Taliesin in Spring Green, WI

1913

Commissioned to design Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan

Robie House, 1906
Photo: Michael Casey



1914

Mamah Cheney and seven others murdered at Taliesin

1922

Divorces Catherine Tobin Wright

1923

Wright’s mother Anna Wright dies
Marries Miriam Noel
Imperial Hotel survives Canto earthquake

1924

Meets Olgivanna Hinzenburg & separates from Miriam Noel

1927

Divorces Miriam Noel

1928

Marries Olgivanna Hinzenburg

Imperial Hotel

Imperial Hotel, 1913



1932

Founding of Taliesin Fellowship
Publishes “An Autobiography”

1934

Builds Broadacre City model

1935

Designs Fallingwater in Mill Run, PA

Broadacre City Model, 1934

Broadacre City Model, 1934
Photo: Austin Conti



1936

Designs Johnson Wax Headquarters Building in Racine, WI
Designs Jacobs House in Madison, WI

1938

Appears on cover of Time magazine
Construction of Taliesin West begins

1940

Major retrospective on Wright at MoMA in New York, NY
Founds Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

1943

Designs Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY

TIME Magazine, 1938

TIME Magazine, 1938



1952

Designs Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK

1953

Designs Hagan House in Chalk Hill, PA

1954

Opens office and Residence in the Plaza Hotel in New York, NY
Construction of Hagan House begins

1955

Visits Hagan House construction site

Guggenheim Museum, 1943

Guggenheim Museum, 1943
Photo: Scott Cawley



1957

Designs Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, CA

1958

Construction begins on Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY

1959

Frank Lloyd Wright dies on April 9th in Phoenix, AZ

Marin County Civic Center, 1957

Marin County Civic Center, 1957
Photo: Pete Hottelet