Frank Lloyd Wright: Biography

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most recognizable architects of all time. This is a look at the life of Frank Lloyd Wright, and how his famous career got started.

You can say Frank Lloyd Wright was destined to be a great architect since the day he was born.

His mother, Anna Lloyd-Jones would place pictures of famous buildings in the future architect's crib. Born June 8th 1867, in the Southwest Wisconsin town of Richland Center, Wright would become arguably the most recognized architect ever. But architecture was not always in his plans.

He took 3 semesters as a "special student" (because he did not graduate from high school), then left the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Chicago. About a year later, he took a job at an architectural firm which was co-owned by the great architect, Louis Sullivan, who Wright says greatly influenced him.



At the time, the firm was working on the famous Auditorium Theater, and Wright soon became the chief draftsman for the project. But while working on the theater, Wright began to develop his own style. And when he started designing and building houses on his own time"¦.a practice Sullivan did not authorize.. he was fired. So in 1893, he started his own firm. He built a studio onto his Oak Park home in 1898. Over the next eight years, he built 49 different structures"¦ a period which would end the first period of his career. In 1909, he left his wife and six kids, and moved to Germany. He returned to Oak Park in late 1910 to settle his business and purchased land in April of 1911 in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where he began his home, Taliesin.

When a servant murdered his lover, six others, and then set fire that destroyed most of the town where he was living, Wright began the long task of rebuilding the city. From 1914-1922, Wright built the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, but little other work came in. He lectured frequently and wrote his autobiography. In 1932, the Taliesin Fellowship allowed 23 architects to come study under Wright. And when the fellowship was expanded, an Arizona site was built"¦ which would later become the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Taliesin West, as the Arizona home is known, became only the winter quarters for Wright. He continued to come back to Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin for approximately 7 months of every year until the November before he died. He was planning his yearly migration back to Wisconsin when he died. That is where Wright stayed until his death. He never retired, and died on April 9th, 1959 at the age of 91. He was buried at the graveyard of his first building (as an architecht), the Unity Chapel, in Wisconsin. His career spanned three quarters of a century, and almost 500 buildings can boost the name of Frank Lloyd Wright as architect, making him one of the greatest architects ever.

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