Wright fought for acceptance of every new design
Judged the most influential architect of his living time, Frank Lloyd Wright designed roughly 1,000 structures, some 400 of which were constructed. Wright described his “organic architecture” as a design that “proceeds, persists, creates, according to the nature of man and his circumstances as they both change.” As a design innovator whose nature inspired ideas were well ahead of his time, Wright had to fight for acceptance of every new design.
Wright predicted his success
From his own words Frank Lloyd Wright truthfully predicted his architecture success….
…having a good start, not only do I fully intend to be the greatest architect who has yet lived, but fully intend to be the greatest architect who will ever live. Yes, I intend to be the greatest architect of all time.
However, Frank Lloyd Wright, did not reveal the total truth about his “good start” and what really formed him and created that desire to be the best of the best… influences of all inclusive positive living experiences and overcoming tremendous obstacles and tragic events throughout his life.
Summary highlight of positive and negative events that formed his life and success
Here’s a summary highlight of Frank Lloyd Wright and those events:
- his Welch mother, Anna Wright, pampered his nature loving childhood in a shattered Victorian home and began his creative genius earlier with educational blocks, Froebel Gifts, purchased for him during her visit in 1876 to an exhibition in Philadelphia
- his boyish journey in the 1880s from rural Wisconsin to living and working in thriving Chicago
- his excited wielding, in the architecture design studios of that extraordinary architect Louis Sullivan, of a T square as a club in a fight to the finish with a soon to be non-colleague employee who had injured him with a architecture drafting knife
- his living a first marriage that created six children and a house that is currently an architecture design museum
- his a midlife affair with a client’s wife, leading to his abandonment of family and living with her and a thriving architecture design office
- the burning and ax murders by a Barbados servant who, they said, was underpaid and driven mad by the unconventional lovers, and had executed a revenge at Taliesin, the to-be famous house-school in nature abundant Wisconsin that he had designed and built for his mistress and her children
- his arrests on charges of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits interstate transport of women for immoral purposes.
- the lunacy-like nature of his second wife and the marriage to a stabilizing third
- the achievement that arose with the construction in Tokyo of his Imperial Hotel design
- the astounding revitalization of his career during the Depression with that representation of modernism, Fallingwater
- the grand gesture of the Guggenheim Museum
- a lifetime of reckless spending and persistent money troubles
- all of this along with his “dandification, scenery-chewing, braggadocio and his late-life stature as the rebuke of American civilization.”
Wright’s success continued after his passing
Wright died in 1959 just short of the ripe age of 92, living a life then too sensational for Hollywood, but enduring enough to engross our attention. In 1932 he provided us an engaging account in his ”Autobiography,” penned when he was in his mid-60’s and his career was in the doldrums.
Already well known during his lifetime, Wright was acknowledged in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time“.
Simon & Garfunkel recorded So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright as a tribute to Wright.
- Wright on the web
- James F. O’Gorman, New York Times
- Library of Congress