About this set

There is only one publication which illustrates all the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and that is William Allin Storrer's Complete Catalog (MIT Press). It lists 433 projects dating from 1885 to 1959.

Our slides offer work from all his periods. But the five groups into which they are divided do not reflect his development or the genealogy. Wright's inspiration came from the earth and the products of natural growth. Seeking to produce tension-free environments, he invented new concepts of flowing interior spaces. He broke away from the right angle both in plan and in elevation, and he based these on a unit system that governed all elements in a design.

He developed what became known as the Prairie House. Later in California he moved towards more solid forms. 'Falling Water' and the Johnson Wax Building followed in the 1930's, and led to the Usonian (United States-ian) house for the lower-middle-income bracket family. In the last period of his life came the Guggenheim Museum and Taliesin West, both experiments in unorthodox shape.