Frank Lloyd Wright is turning 150 years old on June 8th and Oak Park, home to the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings, is looking to celebrate!
Wright, though born and bred in Wisconsin, not only made Oak Park his home but is where he established his architectural firm and where his work set in motion a major shift in architectural style that still strongly resonates today.
The broad, sweeping Midwest landscape became the driving influence for Wrights’ very distinctive designs. Marked by horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs, wide eaves, lengths of banded windows, quality craftsmanship and simple interior decor. The Prairie school design elements of the early 20th century are incorporated into many of today’s current architectural projects, their qualities are timeless and modern over 100 years later.
The fact that FLW’s designs have endured the test of time and still remain the pinnacle of architectural excellence would surely be one of the best gifts that Frank could receive for his birthday, but we would suspect that FLW would even hope (expect, maybe?) that his architectural significance would continue to live on for at least another 150 more.
So take a moment to appreciate Wright’s local Oak Park masterpieces, wish him well on this his 150th milestone and support the preservation of Frank’s achievements for many more years to come.