Frank Lloyd Wright on the balcony of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum during construction, 1959. Photo by William H. Short. Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives. New York, NY.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, under construction, ca. 1956–59. Photo by William H. Short. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York.
1. His childhood greatly influenced his ideas about architecture.
Frank Lloyd Wright, Marin County Civic Center. Photo by Thomas Hawk, via Flickr.
Frank Lloyd Wright, V.C. Morris Gift Shop. Photo by Thomas Hawk, via Flickr.
2. He originally wanted to make the Guggenheim out of red marble.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Restoration Completion Photograph by David Heald. © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.
3. He was a dealer of Japanese art.
Katsushika Hokusai, Fuji from Honganji Temple in Asakusa, Edo (Toto asakusa honganji), 1831-1833. Collection UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum. Purchased from the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection. Courtesy of the Hammer Museum.
4. He developed his own comprehensive theory of “organic architecture.”
Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West Complex. Photo by Greg O’Beirne, via Wikimedia Commons.
5. Some of his most beloved buildings were plagued by maintenance problems.
Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater House. Photo by Mariano Mantel, via Flickr.
6. He proposed a “mile high” tower in 1952.
7. He loved cars and collected them throughout his life.
Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (the Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York). All rights reserved.
The Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Collection