We will explore the unusual life and ground-breaking architecture of the most well-known American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW). Recently, eight of his buildings were designated as World Heritage Sites. We will do this by reading and discussing the biography Frank Lloyd Wright
by Ada Louise Huxtable (Penguin Life Books, 2004) and by class presentations about his most significant buildings. We will try to learn what influenced his creativity, understand why his designs were so revolutionary and how he helped create an American style that moved architecture beyond historical revival styles. Active participation is expected. Weekly class leaders will prepare discussion questions based on the reading and also find and present additional videos and pictures of the buildings referenced in that week’s reading from the vast wealth of FLW materials on the Internet. We will have a field trip to Oak Park during one session, not necessarily during the regular class time or day. Study group members are encouraged to sign up for “Wright Plus,” the annual walking tour of FLW buildings in Oak Park and environs that will be held on May 16, 2020.