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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (1936), Mill Run, Pa.
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature; it will never fail you.
Frank Lloyd Wright told his apprentices. The master heeded that principle at Taliesin, the house he built for himself in Spring Green, in rural Wisconsin. Begun in 1911 and rebuilt after fires in 1914 and 1925, it is as much a part of the hillside as the rock outcroppings and the mature trees that shade it. The name means “shining brow” in Welsh—the language of Wright’s mother’s forebears—and alludes to its placement below the crest of the hill. In contrast to Falling water, the masterpiece it inspired, Taliesin has no one, iconic image. Its drama is muted and demands a spirit of quiet contemplation. It emerges from dense foliage as a rambling, picturesque composition of limestone walls, sand-colored stucco balconies and shingled roofs, and it reveals itself slowly, a piece at a time. Even so, James E. Goulka, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, calls it “the most important work he did,” and Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell considers it “the greatest single building in America.”
Midway Gardens, Chicago Illinois. 1914 Frank Lloyd Wright. (Demolished in 1923).
Opened 100 years ago today.
Robie House’s rockstar visitor
While Jack White was hanging out on 57th Street, we hope he stopped by the Oriental Institute, too. White performs at the Chicago Theatre tonight.
Fun fact: Did you know… the University of Chicago Magazine staff’s offices used to be in Robie House?
Photo courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, flwright.org
Price Tower: Bartlesville, Oklahoma.