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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FOUNDATION CELEBRATES 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS NAMESAKE

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Chances are you have heard of the name Frank Lloyd Wright, but do you know what he is famous for?  Paying tribute to one of history’s most influential and recognized cultural figures, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of American architect, designer, writer and educator, Frank Lloyd Wright. In honor of its founder, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will commemorate the vision and innovative work of this pioneer in American culture through a year-long nationwide celebration in partnership with Wright historic sites, museums, designers and more.

Born in 1867, Wright designed more than 1,000 works, helping to define the country’s architectural identity. Recognizing that structure and space can convey cultural values, Wright elevated his vision of America by connecting citizens to each other and the environment through dramatic forms and materials. His designs aimed to reflect and celebrate its unique character, from landscape to people.

In celebration of 150 years, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will honor Wright’s innovation and inspiration on today’s culture with a series of events, exhibitions, programs and activities. Inviting guests to celebrate this important milestone, Wright properties across the country will welcome visitors and feature special anniversary offerings, from exhibitions to workshops, retail merchandise, activities and events, lectures, tour enhancements, visitor giveaways and much more.

Highlights include:

 Sites across the country including Taliesin West, Wright’s beloved winter home and home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, as well as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Darwin Martin House, Marin County Civic Center, Price
Tower, Monona Terrace and Rosenbaum House will be celebrating the history anniversary with
$1.50 tour admission on June 8th

 Limited edition 150th Anniversary Product Collection inspired by Wright’s distinct aesthetic and design principles, ranging from unique tabletop items and home décor to specialty paint
palettes, flooring, hardware, collector’s items and more.

 The Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly, the membership publication of the Frank Lloyd Wright
Foundation, will produce a 4-issue collector’s set that explores Wright’s life & legacy in honor of
the 150th anniversary of his birth. The first issue will be delivered in June to coincide with the
birthday.

 Curated exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art titled “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking
the Archive” showcasing a retrospective of Wright’s work, key moments, themes and inspiration
in Wright’s life.

 Engaging tours at Taliesin (Spring Green, WI) and Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ), the original
homes and educational institute sites of Frank Lloyd Wright.

 A series of special lectures and exhibitions at Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA) exploring important
design aspects of each home, Wright’s definition of organic architecture, designs of Wright’s
personal living and working spaces, etc.

 Events in June at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), including a special
opening on Wright’s birth date with $1.50 admission, celebratory cupcakes, building tours, free
after hours admission, temporary tattoos, raffles, drawing workshops, etc.

 Family-friendly activities such as those integrating education and entertainment at Darwin
Martin House and Graycliff (Buffalo, NY) to a “Summer Family Fun Lawn Party” at the BachmanWilson House (Somerset County, NJ)

 Specialty guided tours, programs, drawing programs, open houses, music, dinners, cocktail
parties, etc. at additional properties including the Seth Peterson Cottage on Mirror Lake (Lake
Delton, WI), Kentuck Knob (Chalkhill, PA) and Laurent House Foundation (Rockford, IL) and
many more.

“Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision put him so far ahead of his time that our technology is only now catching up to his ideas,” said Graff. “We honor his life, not just by looking back on his greatness, but by following his lead and always looking forward to see how his legacy will continue to change how we live and how we build into the future.”


For more information on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, 150th Anniversary Celebration, Wright properties and more, please visit FLW150.com, a newly relaunched site in celebration of the anniversary. To get involved in the celebration, why not print out the Flat Frank here and take him with you as you celebrate this summer!  You can share your Flat Frank photos on social media using the hashtag #FLW150.

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Disclaimer:  No compensation was received for this post.  All images and information was provided by LIZ BLUMENTHAL of LaFORCE.

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  1. Cam Maurene says

    I’ve heard about Frank Lloyd Wright when I was still in elementary, but haven’t really paid attention. Thanks for re-introducing him to me.

  2. Terri Ramsey Beavers says

    It’s been a long time since I heard this name and after reading your title I had to think about who he was exactly. I think the foundation celebration is such a great idea.

  3. I’ve seen some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings in person and they are impressive. I love the idea of taking “flat franks” along on to visit all the celebration points.

  4. Tim Burns says

    I’ve walked around the outside of several of the homes he’s designed but never been inside one. What a great architect!

  5. Daniel Bates says

    I dont know much about Frank Lloyd Wright but is it really 150 years. Where does the time fly. He was an awesome architect

  6. Jeanine says

    I had never heard of Frank Lloyd Wright until I saw this post. How neat, I am going to have to go google and see more!

  7. Dawn McAlexander says

    I have heard the name Frank Lloyd Wright before, but I never knew why he was famous. He has some beautiful designs. I can get on board with his ideas.

  8. cosmeticsanctuary says

    The name sounds familiar, but I didn’t know a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright. I’m going to google some of his architecture!

  9. margarette says

    Never heard about Frank Lloyd Wright. But this post is great knowing that an awesome architect like him really exist. 🙂

  10. Heather says

    Scottsdale Arizona has a huge tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. I’m drawn to a lot of the metal designs he used, but not so much the flat rooftops. He was certainly innovative for his time.

  11. Lily Ashley says

    I heard about Frank Lloyd Wright when i was 9 or 10 i think. I didn’t know he is that awesome.

  12. Rebecca Swenor says

    Frank Lloyd Wright sounds like an amazing man who had a very creative mind. He was inspiration to so many. The foundation’s activities sound amazing for celebrating 150 yrs. Thanks for sharing the information.

  13. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest says

    I’m glad they are celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth in such a big way. His work in architecture is just awe inspiring.

  14. Jaime Nicole says

    I work for an architecture firm and I am SO excited that I am going to visit Falling Waters this summer with my girls. He is really inspirational.

  15. Amanda Love says

    He is such an inspiration and he has contributed so much in the industry. I am glad that he is being honored for the work that he has done. He has helped so many as well. May his legacy live forever.

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