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Photographer: Alan Weintraub

Frank Lloyd Wright: America’s Master Architect by Kathryn Smith

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect who designed over 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed and the rest were left unfinished. Wright believed it was important to design structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture, which he developed and simplified into the concept of the Usonian home. His creative period spanned more than 70 years, from the mid 1880’s to 1959. Wright’s innovation and creativity appeared many building types, including offices, houses, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also was known for designing many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass as well as many of the landscape elements such as pools, ponds, planters, and gardens.

"The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty."

Frank Lloyd Wright House, Prairie Style. Oak Park, Illinois.

Photographer: Alan Weintraub

Frank Lloyd Wright: America’s Master Architect by Kathryn Smith

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect who designed over 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed and the

rest were left unfinished. Wright believed it was important to design structures that were in harmony with humanity and
 its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture, which he developed and simplified into the concept of the Usonian home. His creative period spanned more than
70 years, from the mid 1880’s to 1959. Wright’s innovation and creativity appeared many building types, including offices, houses, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also was known for designing many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained
glass as well as many of the landscape elements such as pools, ponds, planters, and gardens.