August 1, 2021

On a day like today, Frank Lloyd Wright, an architect, was born.

Frank Lloyd Wright was born with the name of Frank Lincoln Wright into a family of British origin and grew up in Wisconsin, very in contact with nature; detail the latter, which is not trivial because it is precisely this element, nature, which largely determines his concept of architecture.

When the time came to begin his university studies, he did, he studied two years of engineering at the University of Wisconsin to drop out before starting the third and move to the city of Chicago. There he joined the architecture studio of Joseph Lyman Silsbee but he would not be with them for long because his traditional conception of architecture bored the good old Wright who left to try his luck with Louis Sullivan, whom he remembered all his life with some affection.

His first works were the so-called prairie houses, in them Frank Lloyd Wright redefined the interior of the houses as it was understood until that moment, he placed the living room in the center with its fireplace and the rest of the rooms were, in a way, open to him; Wright’s first great contribution to architecture was to create different environments without using closed rooms so that the house gained in light and spaciousness without adding one more meter. The exterior of these homes is also innovative due to its large roofs.

In 1909 he traveled to Europe and it was from the presentation of his works in the old continent, from the lectures he would give from then on on both sides of the ocean and from the books he published -in addition to his work, of course- that he began. to be increasingly and better recognized as an architect.

Wright had an intense professional life in which, when the orders to build his famous houses declined, he took the opportunity to write, leaving behind his passage around the world a remarkable library in which we find some essential books for any architecture student.

He also lived his life in the most intimate and personal environment with that passion that was his own and he was married up to three times – although only the first and third of his marriages were long-lasting, the second barely took 4 years to reach a divorce – and had 7 children; Among his offspring – sons and grandchildren – we find traits of Wright’s talent: one of his sons, Lloyd Wright, was also a notable architect and among his grandchildren was actress Anne Baxter.

He lived 91 years in which he transformed architecture and left us his work – architectural and documentary – so that we will never forget him.

Your Famous Quotes and Phrases

  • 1 / 11

    “The only bad thing about architecture are the architects.”

  • Doctors cover their mistakes with dirt, lawyers with papers and architects advise to put plants.

    2 / 11

    “Doctors cover their mistakes with soil, lawyers with papers and architects advise to put plants.”

  • Youth is nothing more than a state of mind.

    3 / 11

    “Youth is nothing more than a state of mind.”

    The Hills-DeCaro House.

  • I believe in God, I just call it Nature.

    4 / 11

    “I believe in God, I just call it Nature.”

    Hall del Johnson Wax Headquarters.

  • Every great architect is necessarily a great poet.  He must be a great original interpreter of his time, of his days, of his time.

    5 / 11

    “Every great architect is necessarily a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, of his days, of his time. “

    The Robie House.

  • I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and a constant devotion to the things you want to happen.

    6 / 11

    “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and a constant devotion to the things you want to happen.”

    First Unitarian Meeting House.

  • Buildings, like people, must first of all be sincere, they must be authentic, and also as attractive and beautiful as possible.

    7 / 11

    “Buildings, like people, must first of all be sincere, they must be authentic, and also as attractive and beautiful as possible.”

    Fallingwater House.

  • The architecture must belong to the environment where it is going to be situated and adorn the landscape instead of disgracing it.

    8 / 11

    “The architecture must belong to the environment where it is going to be situated and adorn the landscape instead of disgracing it.”

    Fallingwater House.

  • I have been accused of saying that I am the best architect in the world, and if I did, I don't think I was too arrogant.

    9 / 11

    “I have been accused of saying that I am the best architect in the world, and if I did, I don’t think I was too arrogant.”

    Guggenheim Museum, NY.

  • Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over matters, methods, and men, to put man in possession of his own world.

    10 / 11

    “Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over matters, methods, and men, to put man in possession of his own world.”

    Guggenheim Museum, NY.

  • We have to live in luxury, the essential is always achieved.

    11 / 11

    “We have to live in luxury, the essential is always achieved.”