UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Frank Lloyd Wright

April 30, 2020 admin@specialplacestosee.com No comments exist
Fallingwaters by Frank Lloyd Wriht, view over the waterfall and two floors.
Courtesy: Carol Lang – Fallingwaters, PA

UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Frank Lloyd Wright are connected? UNESCO is an organization of the United Nations which selects special cultural or physical significance in the world to be preserved. Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most famous and influential architects of the 20th century.

There are 1121 world sites and there are 24 in the United States. There are 11 cultural sites such as the Statue of Liberty (1984) and San Antonio Missions (2015). The second criteria that UNESCO names are the Natural sites, such as Yosemite National Park and Grand Canyon.

Last year (2019) UNESCO added the following “The 20th Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright”. His work was honored for the influence this architect had here and in Europe. Mr. Wright’s buildings had certain qualities which are known as “Organic Architecture”. These qualities are the open plan, the blurring between exterior and interior as in Falling Waters. He used new materials and technologies, such as leaded stained glass and the harmonizing of the structure to its environment.

Frank Lloyd Wright built hundreds of homes, museums and office buildings. There are still over 400 in existence today. Of these, UNESCO accepted eight (8) buildings the US recommended.

They are Taliesin West in Scottsdale; did you know that this was Mr. Wright’s winter home and desert laboratory? There was another Taliesin (1911), but it is in Wisconsin. In Oak Park, Il. the Unity Temple (1906-1909) was designed by Mr. Wright. The Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago which was built in 1910. Another house was the Hollyhock House (1918-1921) in Los Angeles. In Pennsylvania one of his most famous houses is Fallingwater (1936-39) made the list. Another mid-west house that he built was the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House (1936-1937) in Madison, WI. Finally, the Guggenheim Museum (1956-1959), was the last building on the list of UNESCO World Heritage.

One of our members and dear friend, Carol Lang, several years ago went on a weekend excursion to the Fallingwater in Mill Run in Pennsylvania. She has been kind in providing these wonderful pictures of her outing to this Frank Lloyd Wright house. Hope you will enjoy them.

When I am in San Diego, I sometimes go on tours with Daily Tripper and they recently sent an email with a link to The Spaces. They have created collection of 12 Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural houses which you may want to check out. You can go here to check this video.

Once we are able gather again, it would be a nice event to visit one of Mr. Wright’s architectural masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum. There is a house in Staten Island called the Crimson Beech House that will be in a future route.

Stay home and be safe until we can once again take an architectural/historical walk.

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