The legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright

Hey Canada, you’re not the only one celebrating the big 150 this year.

There’s Laura Ingalls Wilder (author of Little House on the Prairie) and French chemist Marie Curie.

And then there’s someone else whose work I admire tremendously: American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959).  I think he can justifiably be called a genius (he certainly thought so!). Heck, he even inspired a popular song. Can you name it?

WPL has quite a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright material. I started off with two DVDs, The Homes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Lloyd Wright.  Now I’m on to books and looking at great big beautiful pictures of his amazing buildings. I recommend The Life and Works of Frank Lloyd Wright by Maria Costantino, Frank Lloyd Wright: a Visual Encyclopedia by Iain Thomson and Frank Lloyd Wright: the Houses .

I especially like Wright’s so-called Prairie houses (built with long horizontal planes to harmonize with the American Midwest landscape). Although these houses are more than 100 years old, even today they manage to look cool and sleek and modern.

I’ve been fortunate enough to see a couple of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. I visited the Martin house in Buffalo a number of years ago. More recently, I saw his first home/architect’s studio in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. That was a big wow moment for me. I hope one day I can visit two of his most celebrated buildings: the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and Fallingwater, a home built over a waterfall in rural Pennsylvania (both pictured above).


Answer to question above: “ So long, Frank Lloyd Wright” by Simon & Garfunkel from their hugely successful Bridge Over Troubled Water LP. Gold star if you got the (W)right answer.

-Penny D.