Join the party as the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the iconic architect with free tours and refreshments at the Trust’s popular tour sites in Oak Park and Chicago.
Festive Neighborhood Open Houses will take place in the evening on Thursday, June 8, Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday, at the following locations:
- Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (1889/1898), 6-8 p.m., 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, Ill. Wright’s first home and studio is where the innovative architect experimented with design concepts and developed the Prairie style of architecture.
- Frederick C. Robie House (1908-10), 6-8 p.m., 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. This masterpiece of the Prairie style and icon of modern architecture with magnificent leaded glass windows is located on the University of Chicago campus.
- Emil Bach House (1915), 4-7 p.m., 7415 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago. Built after Wright returned to the United States after an extended stay in Europe, this fully restored house is intimate in scale and points toward Wright’s future stylistic direction.
Free tours at each building will be offered first-come, first-served. Refreshments will be served outdoors after guests complete their tours.
Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Spring Green, Wis. and made his name in the Chicago area, which boasts more Wright buildings that anywhere else.
His story is rich with the influences that sparked his imagination and shaped his completely original talent. He was a pioneer of many concepts that continue to apply to modern living in the 21st century, such as integrating architecture and interior design, combining architecture with the natural environment and incorporating an open interior floor plan in home design.
Wright began his career in 1887 in Chicago as an apprentice and later became a key assistant in Louis Sullivan’s studio. After five years with Adler and Sullivan, Wright opened his own business and quickly built a successful practice, in demand for his distinctive, ground-hugging homes inspired by the flat Midwestern landscape. This vision for a new American architecture eventually became known as the Prairie style.
Visit flwright.org for information about tours and programs exploring Wright’s Chicago and for updates on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s 150th anniversary activities.