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JenTay

Where's the best place to see Frank Lloyd Wright architecture

by JenTay »

Hi did a lot in Wisconsin, right? Any help appreciated.

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Harold

RE: Where's the best place to see Frank Lloyd Wright architecture

by Harold »

Madison, Wisconsin! He did a lot of wonderful homes there.

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Caroline

RE: Where's the best place to see Frank Lloyd Wright architecture

by Caroline »

I'm not sure about Wisconsin, but I know there is a lot of his work in Arizona and particularly Phoenix. 

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PHeymont

RE: Where's the best place to see Frank Lloyd Wright architecture

by PHeymont »

The Chicago area has quite a number of Wright houses, representing his earliest work on up to the Prairie style (many in Oak Park, where his home and studio were for many years).

Among the more unusual items is the Robie House, in Hyde Park, the fruit of a bitter collaboration (nice phrase, no?) between Wright and his equally cantankerous client, Frederick Robie. It includes one of the earliest examples of a built-in garage (with oil change pit, too!) It's been undergoing restoration for years, and is done or nearly done.

Another Chicago "special" is the lobby of The Rookery, an office building downtown. Ofiginally built in the 1880s by Burnham and Root; in 1905 Wright was hired to update and modernize the lobby and light well--this is the result. It looks less startling now, when everyone has copied it!

Back to Wisconsin...there are many houses, but perhaps the most unusual Wright work there is the still-in-use headquarters of the S.C. Johnson company. The building broke open all previous concepts of office space by opening up a huge space, lit in large part with natural light and with departments and space delineated by files and equipment more than by walls. The fact that it had, for many years, a roof-leak issue should not detract from the looks and the effect on future designs. Here's a view:

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PHeymont

RE: Where's the best place to see Frank Lloyd Wright architecture

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 One more for Wisconsin...S.C. Johnson is opening its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower to visitors for the first time, starting May 2. Details are in this article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

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