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Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright
FLW from http://flwright.org/researchexplore/wrightschicagoyears A window from the Unity Temple.


Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect around the turn of the century, who has left many buildings in Chicago Illinois, as well as scattered about throughout the US. Frank not only designed buildings but also has a very distinctive style for stained glass windows and household furnishing. Think of art-deco merged with Japanese woodblock prints.

Dr. Hain's medical clinic in Chicago is furnished somewhat in the style of FLW.

If you visit Chicago, perhaps as part of a visit to see Dr. Hain in his clinic, you may also want to take in some of the more accessible FLW collections. Closest of all is the stained glass museum at Navy Pier. While it only has about 2-3 FLW stained glass windows, there are many other pieces of stained glass that are similar. This is roughly 6 blocks from the clinic. About 10 blocks away is the architecture foundation store, just across from the Art Institute of Chicago on Michigan Avenue.

Also very accessible is the Robie House in Hyde Park (take a cab from clinic is best).

Roughly 10 miles away, in Oak park, is a large collection of FLW houses as well as his studio -- again a cab will probably be needed. About 4 hours away is Spring Green Wisconsin, where FLW had the summer campus of his architecture school, Taliesan. There is a restaurant -- Fields steak house -- close by designed by a protege of FLW, at the Wisconsin Dells (a good place to find water parks for those of you with small children).

Some pictures of FLW sites that Dr. Hain has visited as well as some comments about the tours is below.

Some interesting history about FLW.

Frank Lloyd Wright was born in 1987 in Richland Center, Wisconsin. So in other words, Frank was a midwesterner. After college he became the chief assistant to architect Louis Sullivan in Chicago. He then founded his own firm, and developed a style known as the "Prarie School". He designed many structures in Chicago, but also designed a total of 33 buildings for Madison Wisconsin. Of those he designed only about half were built. The most common reason was that the architect and client parted ways. Wright's dropout rate was higher than average -- 47%. The usual architectural firm dropout rate is 30-35%.

I have talked with people whose relatives knew FLW. Generally speaking, their relatives did not have much good to say concerning his behavior.

In 1909 FLW abandoned his wife in Chicago and eloped to Europe with a client's wife, Mamah Borthwick Cheney. The couple returned to Wisconsin and built a home for his mistress. In 1914, A servant named Julian Carlton poured gasoline under a door, lit a fire, and stood outside the door with an axe. Carlton died without revealing his motivation for the rampage. Frank eventually got a divorce, and married twice again. More about this interesting story can be found here.




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