Candid photo of a family posing in front of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois; ca. 1937.
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, year unknown. (Although maybe the cars are a hint?)
"The Robie House, with its dramatically cantilevered roof and strong horizontal lines, is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s classic Prairie Style residences. The house, designed in 1906, is in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood."
Taking advantage of the Museum of Modern Art’s late Friday hours to check out the new "Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal" exhibit. Did you know that admission after 4 pm is free every Friday, thanks to UNIQLO?
Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959)
Broadacre City, proposed 1932. Unbuilt.
In 1932, when Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned a modern, decentralized city, he pictured each individual family living separately, in direct contact with nature. He proposed building 2,200 one-acre plots, one per family. A train station would link to the few apartment buildings and offices, but most transportation would occur via an elaborate freeway system. Wright assumed eventually the automobile would give way to fast, efficient airships and non-polluting land vehicles. Wright did not plan pedestrian or bicycle paths, likely assuming that airships would be preferred by the occupants of Broadacre City.
Broadacre City was proposed at a time when suburbia was a new dream, before suburban sprawl would consume thousands of acres of virgin land across the US into housing tracts, strip malls, and parking lots.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (1936), Mill Run, Pennsylvania
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West (1937), Scottsdale, Arizona
A program from the Taliesin Festival of Music and Dance, 1969. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York).
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Willits house (1901), Highland Park, Illinois
Eddie’s House was a doghouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Berger family of San Anselmo, California, to be used by their dog Eddie. Wright designed Eddie’s House to be in keeping with the family’s home, known as the Robert Berger House, which he had previously designed. The plans for the doghouse were completed by Wright in 1957, and the four square foot triangular house was built in 1963. In 1973 Eddie’s House was removed and thrown away, but in 2010 Jim and Eric Berger, sons of Robert Berger, rebuilt Eddie’s House from the original plans for a segment in Romanza, a documentary film by Michael Miner about Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural works in California. The doghouse remains the smallest structure Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed.