Frank Lloyd Wright
(1867 - 1959)
Died at age 91 Birthday: Jun 8 Sign: Gemini
A fire destroyed most of his self-designed Taliesin home in 1925 and threw him into debt.
Frank Lloyd Wright was a prolific architect designing more than 1,100 projects, with 500 being built. He was a mainstream modernist, driven to mix nature, materials, and forms to create inspiring and sophisticated spaces. His architecture was known as “organic” and he used materials as intended such as such as wood for wood and steel for steel.
Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes

  • “Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own earth”
  • “An idea is salvation by imagination.”
  • “Less is more only where more is no good”
  • “Think simple' as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”
  • “No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was. He could record neither more nor less than he had learned of life when the buildings were built.”
  • “I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.”
  • “The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”
  • “An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.”
  • “There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.”
  • “A sure sign of a genius is that all of the dunces are in a confederacy against him.”
  • “Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”
  • “Architecture is that great living creative spirit which from generation to generation, from age to age, proceeds, persists, creates, according to the nature of man, and his circumstances as they change. That is architecture.”

Born in Wisconsin and worked on the farm his mother a teacher, encouraged him to learn about music, art, and nature.

He studied civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin for two years time and left without a degree.

HIs first job was with Louis Sullivan whom he later borrowed $5,000 from to build his first house. He also designed Louis Sullivan’s home.

He experimented with creating and designing new building blocks; concrete blocks stamped with different patterns. He built four homes with blocks and they were arranged to create walls and windows, and by rotating them he was able to make interesting patterns inside and outside.

In 1905 he visited Japan taking many photographs, and purchasing art and books. He was greatly influenced and inspired by the Japanese in both art and architecture. He said the Japanese had an innate ability to eliminate everything except for the essential elements of design. He became an avid collector of Japanese Art during his lifetime.

Designed stained glass, doors, lamps, and large array of furniture.

Usually found wearing very expensive suits, flowing neckties, and capes his career lasted 75 years completing approximately 500 buildings with hundreds remaining unbuilt. He holds the record for the highest output of any architect creating individual masterpieces. Another amazing individual, who worked for 75 years, was the world’s greatest dancer, Martha Graham.

He opened Taliesin East and Taliesin west where he trained many architects at his Taliesin School. He preached that students needed to learn by doing and thus students had to build their own cottages, and to work with their hands so he had them work on the farm as he did as a young man.

In 1956 he designed one of his final buildings, the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

He never retired in life or from architecture and in 1957, at the age of 90, he received a record-breaking 40 commissions.

April 9, 1959: He died in Phoenix Arizona due to a failed surgery of an intestinal blockage at 91. His first wife wife, Kitty, died just two weeks before him at 92.