Frank Lloyd Wright
The Chicago area has produced some of the most stunning achievements in architecture over the decades and has given us some of the greatest visionaries in the field. Frank Lloyd Wright, who was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1867, has blessed Chicagoland with some of his best designs.
Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture.
His work includes original and innovative examples of many building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass. Already well known during his lifetime, Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time.”
Wright’s home in the suburb of Oak Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and declared a National Historic Landmark four years later.