Had he lived to be the oldest man in the world, today would have been architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 149th birthday. But instead of cake, we thought we’d celebrate by putting together a list of some of the visionary architect’s best work — and we had plenty to choose from. Over the course of his life, Wright designed 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Here are LLNYC’s top five:
Built in 1889, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio was Wright’s first home with his first wife, Catherine Tobin. Located at 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois, the house has since been restored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust to its appearance in 1909, the last year Wright lived there with his family.
Wright designed Taliesin Studio in Spring Green, Wisconsin, two years after he left his first wife and home (above) for his mistress, Mamah Borthwick. The build was competed in 1911. Tragedy struck in 1914, when a disgruntled employee set fire to the living quarters and murdered Borthwick and six others. Upon his death in 1959 at the age of 91, Wright left Taliesin and the 600-acre Taliesin Estate to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation who oversaw renovations to the estate.
Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, Arizona served as Wright’s winter home and his school of architecture from its completion in 1937 up until his death. Today it is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Built in 1959 the Guggenhiem was one of Wright’s last major works. It reportedly took him 15 years, 700 sketches, and six sets of working drawings to create the museum’s design, and he died six months before its opening.
During construction Wright claimed that his museum would make the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art, “look like a Protestant barn.”
And last but not least, what kind of Frank Lloyd Wright rundown would be complete without a mention of Fallingwater? The house, also know as the Kaufmann Residence, was built between 1936 – 1939 in southwestern Pennsylvania, around 43 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Today, like many of Wright’s buildings, it’s a National Historic Landmark.