Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed over 420 buildings in more than 37 states during his lifetime.
Though he left a lengthy legacy behind, there are several buildings and locations that are quickly associated with the architect when discussing the arch of his career. These three locations are must see tourist spots for any fan of the man and his work.
Taliesin: Spring Green, WI
Located in the southern part of Wisconsin is the town of Spring Green. This small town is home to quaint boutiques, unique restaurants, and Taliesin, the 800-acre architectural campus that was Frank Lloyd Wright’s primary residence for nearly 50 years of his life. The campus includes buildings that represent every decade of his career. It is also home to the laboratory where he created the majority of his architectural masterpieces. Today the campus is open for tours and hosts educational outreach programs designed to introduce school-aged kids to the basic elements of architecture.
Taliesin West: Scottsdale, AZ
Like many Midwesterners, Wright liked to leave the cold of the winter months and head west to ride out the season. He created this desert home in the 1930s and used it as a winter home until his death in 1959 at the age of 91. Wright had been making annual pilgrimages to the area and believed that it was the perfect spot to build a place of residence and to teach his craft to young students. Nowadays it is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The building was designated as a National Historical Landmark in 1982 and is open to the public for tours.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: Oak Park, IL
This location is of particular interest because it was where he first made a name for himself as an architect. The building served as a laboratory and thinking spot for the architect and is said to be the location where he came up with many of his ideas for his famous buildings. In recent years, the space has been renovated and is now open to the public for tours.
For additional information about the Wright’s work and location of his famous buildings see the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation website at franklloydwright.org.