In honor of FLW’s 150th birthday, we’re highlighting some of the best examples of his design mastery, all of which could be the site of your next vacation.
The bold design of the Palmer House in Ann Arbor never competes with the two-acre wooded grounds, and it’s a marvel of engineering, blocking direct sun to stay cool in the summer without air conditioning.
FLW brings the outside in by filtering light onto walls of cypress and brick in the Schwartz House, a design for LIFE Magazine’s Dream House feature in 1938.
The history of the Elam House in Minnesota tells both of FLW’s groundbreaking work in architecture and his “my way or the highway” attitude—Wright ultimately abandoned the project after a disagreement with the owner.
Glimpse FLW’s vision for a well-designed future in this meticulously restored sample of his American System-Built Home in Milwaukee.
The 1955 home known as Woodside was built in FLW’s Usonian style—a design concept for middle income family homes—and combines the influences of Lake Tahoe ski lodges and Native American Sioux tipis.
Hawaii’s only FLW house, the Cornwall House near Waimea was built in 1995 from a 1952 design and is both grand and understated. Built into a hill to provide shelter from tradewinds, it showcases Wright’s Organic style and makes the most of its views of the Big Island’s volcanoes and the ocean.
FLW’s great nephew Bob Wright always wanted to build a Frank Lloyd Wright house, and he did in the 1970s. Aspen Grove, a Park City ski home, was built from a 1952 FLW plan.
Of the early Prairie-style Como Orchards Cottages, a house and cabin built in 1909 are all that remain of FLW’s vision for a Montana community of apple growers. These buildings are now part of the Alpine Meadows Ranch property, 65 miles south of Missoula.
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