This past weekend I visited and toured the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, IL. The home is magnificent and the tour was mediocre. The "interpreter" knew little information about the subject matter. Regardless, I would recommend visiting his home. The suburban neighborhood is gorgeous almost as much as his architecture is.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (1889/1898) served as Wright's private residence and workplace from 1889 to 1909—the first 20 years of his career. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, experimenting with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. Here he raised six children with his first wife, Catherine Tobin.
In 1898 Wright added a studio, described by a fellow-architect as a workplace with "inspiration everywhere." In the Studio, Wright and his associates developed a new American architecture, the Prairie style, and designed 125 structures, including such famous buildings as the Robie House, the Larkin Building and Unity Temple. I also visited the Unity Temple, which I will discuss in future posts.
Brandon E. Young