Frank Lloyd Wright

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"...having a good start, not only do I fully intend to be the greatest architect who has yet lived, but fully intend to be the greatest architect who will ever live. Yes, I intend to be the greatest architect of all time." - Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin on June 8, 1867. His parents, William Cary Wright and Anna Lloyd-Jones, originally named him Frank Lincoln Wright, which he later changed after they divorced. When he was twelve years old, Wright's family settled in Madison, Wisconsin where he attended Madison High School. During summers spent on his Uncle James Lloyd Jones' farm in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Wright first began to realize his dream of becoming an architect. In 1885, he left Madison without finishing high school to work for Allan Conover, the Dean of the University of Wisconsin's Engineering department. While at the University, Wright spent two semesters studying civil engineering before moving to Chicago in 1887. (1)

In Chicago, he worked for architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee. Wright drafted the construction of his first building, the Lloyd-Jones family chapel, also known as Unity Chapel. One year later, he went to work for the firm of Adler and Sullivan, directly under Louis Sullivan. Wright adapted Sullivan's maxim "Form Follows Function" to his own revised theory of "Form and Function Are One." It was Sullivan's belief that American Architecture should be based on American function, not European traditions, a theory which Wright later developed further. Throughout his life, Wright acknowledged very few influences but credits Sullivan as a primary influence on his career. While working for Sullivan, Wright met and fell in love with Catherine Tobin. The two moved to ...

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...use, Willoughby Hills, Ohio, 1955

• Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

• Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1956

• Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, designed in 1956, completed in 1961

• Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA, 1957–66 (featured in the movies Gattaca & THX 1138)

1 Years with Frank Lloyd Wright: Apprentice to Genius by Edgar Tafel- McGraw-Hill Education (April 1979)

2 Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks by Bruce B. Pfeiffer, David Larkin, Paul Rocheleau, and Michael Freeman -Rizzoli International Publications (September 15, 1993)

3 In the Nature of Materials, 1887-1941: The Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright (Da Capo Paperback) by Henry Russell Hitchcock – Da Capo Press (June 1975)

4The Ecological Design Handbook (Hardcover)

by Fred A. Stitt- McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (June 14, 1999)

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