As one of the greatest 20th-century American architects, Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy is apparent in architectural and decorative elements throughout the modern age. He was a pioneer in Modern Architecture and possibly the greatest American architect.
He created innovative uses for building materials which contributed to a building’s unique purpose and location. He is credited with the Prairie Style architecture in which a building shares a kinship with the geography, colors, and patterns of the landscape. His interiors had a centrally located interior fireplace and rooms were open and spacious, flowing from room to room and from interior to exterior spaces. His house Fallingwater is an example of Wright’s style of imbedding architecture in nature.
Fallingwater is a house built between 1936 and 1939 over a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania. Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark.
Why is it so famous? It’s a house that doesn’t even appear to stand on solid ground, but instead stretches out over a 30’ waterfall. It captured everyone’s imagination when it was on the cover of Time magazine in 1938. — http://www.fallingwater.org/
Another important Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style building was built in Chicago in 1914 but sadly was later demolished.. It was primarily an outdoor entertainment facility and dancing center with a tiered, large central open-air gourmet eating area facing a stage. It was adorned with a collection of Garden Sprites, Maid in the Mud. The Sprites were traditional German adornments. To their traditional design, Wright contributed the idea to “abstract” them into more geometric forms.
Read more about the Garden Sprites and a biography about Frank Lloyd Wright
We offer this collection of reproductions in celebration of his contribution to American culture!