Monday, September 29, 2008

Frank Lloyd Wright

Today we honor Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) for his achievements in design and architecture.

Born in Wisconsin, Wright's formal education extended just two college semesters beyond high school. After leaving the University of Wisconsin in 1887, Wright moved to Chicago where he joined the Architectural firm Adler & Sullivan as an apprentice. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 had left the city nearly in ruins, and plenty of work for the firm and Frank.

Frank's creativity soon moved beyond that of Adler & Sullivan. He began working for private commission - behind the backs of his employer - to implement design ideas of his own. After losing his job with the firm, Wright opened a private business from his home designing houses. It is in this time that Wright designed many of the houses in Oak Park, Illinois.

Over his career, Frank's designs ranged from houses to schools to museums. His most familiar design is that of the "prairie" house - of horizontal lines. Today, his work can be seen in both the city and country - e.g. the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and FallingWater near OhioPyle, Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Frank's pursuit of personal interest, we are all better off.




1 comment:

kaizen said...

"If capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If men have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men to capitalize their labor."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"I'm not against capitalism. The time to hit capitalism is not when it's down. Let the dear thing die."
-Frank Lloyd Wright