“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”
― Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright’s goals and influence preceded, then paralleled, then overlapped, and finally passed and surpassed, the American Craftsman style…well into the 1940’s and ‘50s.
The open miles upon miles of Prairie, omnipresent in the Midwest, inspired Wright and others of the Prairie School to design horizontally emphasized homes that complemented their surroundings. They engendered the same feelings evoked by those practically endless wide-open vistas. Specifying warm earth tones and use of locally obtainable and affordable building materials, including stone, wood, and glass was what Wright called “Organic architecture.” He was a true environmentalist.
This discipline also called for artisanal crafting, and was an attempt to develop a truly genuine American style of Architecture, without borrowing from others (even those in the American Craftsman movement owed something to their English counterparts, as they rebelled against lack of individuality.) This soulless lack was a byproduct of the Industrial Evolution).
Besides accountability, much of the emphasis on designing homes for the working and middle class was put on making them economical.
Wright spent much time in Wisconsin; the Oak Park suburb of Chicago; and Arizona, although he did a stint in Berlin, and he designed the magnificent Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.
Frank Lloyd Wright also created a number of beautiful radically designed homes in Oak Park, Illinois. Each year there is a daylong tour of private homes and public buildings designed by Wright and his contemporaries. Next year’s Wright Plus will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016.