Frank Lloyd Wright
Think of Chicago architecture, and one name stands head and shoulders above the rest: iconic talent Frank Lloyd Wright. The city is strewn with his jaw-dropping buildings, famous for incorporating nature and built-in furniture into liveable, Arts and Crafts-influenced residences. His ground-breaking organic aesthetic became known as Prairie style.
Happily for design fans, this month marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lloyd Wright, one of America’s greatest architects, who was born on 8 June 1867. A series of events and open houses are taking place to celebrate the occasion, helmed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.
Sure to draw a crowd are three pretty special open house events: Emil Bach House (8 Jun), in Chicago's Rogers Park neighbourhood, designed on the verge of his Japanese-influenced era; Hyde Park’s Robie House (8 Jun), one of Wright's most influential Prairie designs, for which he also created all the interiors, furniture and lighting; and Oak Park’s Unity Temple (17 Jun), just reopened following a comprehensive $23 million restoration.
Teaming an architecture lecture and festive dinner, the Wright 150 Celebration Evening (8 Jun) kicks off at 6pm with an expert talk entitled, The Art of Life: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Organic Nature of Japanese Art in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall. Afterwards, gather for dinner at the University Club of Chicago ($100 for a combined ticket). Wright on!
Emil Bach House / 7415 N Sheridan Rd / Rogers Park / +1 773 654 3959 / flwright.org
Robie House / 5757 S Woodlawn Ave / Hyde Park / +1 312 994 4000 / flwright.org
Unity Temple / 875 Lake St / Oak Park / flwright.org
Wright 150 Celebration Evening / Lecture: Fullerton Hall / Art Institute of Chicago / 111 S Michigan Ave / Grant Park / Dinner: University Club of Chicago / 76 E Monroe St / Downtown / flwright.org