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Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Born: 8th June 1867, Richland Center, Wisconsin, U.S.
  • Died: 9th April 1959, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
  • Alma mater: University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Occupation: Architect and designer
  • Best known buildings: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, New York and Fallingwater in southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Trivia: He featured on the Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel 1970 LP Bridge Over Troubled Waters in the tribute song 'So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright'

"You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"Architecture is life, or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"To look at the cross-section of any plan of a big city is to look at something like the section of a fibrous tumour"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"Every great architect is, necessarily, a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"I doubt if there is anything in the world uglier than a Midwestern city"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"There is nothing more uncommon than common sense"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"Space is the breath of art"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation"

Frank Lloyd Wright

"A building is not just a place to be but a way to be"

Frank Lloyd Wright
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Frank Lloyd Wright Biography

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the leading architectural lights of the early twentieth century with his back to nature approach and organic design evident in his award winning house design called Fallingwater and everyones favourite museum the Guggenheim in New York.

He was born Frank Lincoln Wright in Wisconsin in 1867 but changed his middle name to Lloyd when he came of age. In 1887 he started work as a draughtsman during a building boom in Chicago and was quickly cutting his teeth on many building projects. Work was easy to come by and he quickly became a designer and changed jobs numerous times in order to gain a higher salary.

In the late 1890's he set up his own company and soon received his first independent commission the Winslow House and this led to him eventually becoming a pioneer of the Prairie house style. By the turn of the twentieth century Wright had 50 plus projects to his name and public developments were being added to this list.

It also saw the breakdown of his marriage to Catherine in 1903 after he started an affair with Mamah Borthwick Cheney who was the wife of a client. This relationship was to end in tragedy as Mrs Cheney along with six others (including her two children) were brutally murdered with an axe at Wrights Taliesin estate by an estate worker called Julian Carlton.

Wright decided to throw himself into his work to put the horrors of what happened behind him thus beginning a long line of successful architectural designs including the Imperial Hotel in Japan survived the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake.

His designs constructed buildings as a wordsmith constructs poems and his structures continue to be an inspiration to aspiring architects to this day, so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Frank Lloyd Wright quotes.

Quotes About Frank Lloyd Wright

The architect Philip Johnson was impressed to call him: "He's the greatest architect of the nineteenth century"

The author Michael Benedikt spoke of the deeper meanings behind design: "Wright’s use of the word “nature” did not mean only 'what we find outdoors'. It was something deeper. Wright knew that when people speak of the “nature of things” they mean their very essence, the 'that which makes them what they are', which is always and only one step away from 'that who makes them what they are'."

"The musician Paul Simon was moved to lyrical appreciation: "So long, Frank Lloyd Wright. I can't believe your song is gone so soon"

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