Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Alphabe - Thursday Frank


Do you remember this letter game from Jenny at "Off on my tanget" blog? Well here it is again for:


As in Frank Lloyd Wright

The Great Architect


Frank's Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona

This was Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959.  Today it is the main campus for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and also, houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Next -

Frank Lloyd Wright's

The Susan Lawrence Dana Thomas House Interior, Springfield, Illinois

This Dana - Thomas House is the best preserved and most complete of his early "Prairie" houses.  Little has changed of the structure since construction in 1902-04 for Springfield socialite and women's activist Susan Lawrence Dana.

Next -

"Think simple" as my old master  used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles."  
Frankly, Frank.

Frank Lloyd Wright's
Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago, Illinois

Built - 1906
The Robie House is considered one of his most important works.

Interior of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago.

Next the lovely....
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature, it will never fail you." Frank Lloyd Wright


also known as the

Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. residence, Mill Run, Pennsylvania

Fallingwater, was Wright's 1934 design in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The house was built partly over a waterfall in Bear Run at Rural Route 1.

Then there was......

The living room inside Wright's Stanley Rosenbaum House.  It's one of the "usonian-style" homes designed by Wright.

Located in Florence, Alabama

Usonian was one of Wright's memorable coined words, like carport and textile block.
The usonian house was intended to be priced moderately and partially prefabricated and constructed using wood, glass and brick all under a slab roof.

How about a taste of Frank in

 Minneapolis, Minnesota?

Many of Frank Lloyd Wright's Houses aren't
easily accessible.  Picture taking is often hit and miss,
with signs like



Reminding us to

I still feel the sense of intruding when I position myself to snap a photo or two, with almost the sense of stealing.

But, I figure if you purchase a house of notoriety, you'll have to live with the occasional photo-thief.

Frank Lloyd Wright's "Neils House"  built 1950

2801 Burnham Boulevard.

The carport - which faces the street and a high angled window overlooks Cedar Lake.

Can you guess what that green animal is sticking out of one of the carport stalls?


Olfelt House 1958
Frank Lloyd Wright
2206 Parklands Lane
St. Louis Park, Minnesota

A modest brick bungalow with a low gable roof, designed
near the end of Frank's life.

I caught a surpise while I was shooting pictures at this house.

I wonder if he was trying to catch one of Minnesota's ticks or our other funny state bird the mosquito!

Last on my Minneapolis tour....

Frank Lloyd Wright's
Willey House
Built 1934

255 Bedford Street SE
located in Prospect Park
where the well-known water tower
designed like a witch's-hat sits at
Seymour Avenue and Malcolm Street SE.

Notice the Private Residence sign that sits right in front of the entrance?

Possibly because it sits so close to the street in a busy area of town.

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."
Very wise words, Frank.

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Gattina said...

Nice architecture, I never heard of him, maybe he is only well known in the States.

Jim said...

My Goodness, Karen, have you pesonally seen all of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes. If you did, I suppose it wasn't just for the letter "F" post. Those are great photos. I have seen one or two of his homes but never have been inside of any (that I can remember).

We have several buildings and houses designed by him in Texas. He actually lived in one in Dallas for a bit. This one here in Houston, I think now is sold:

In 2005 Mrs. Jim and I toured the Autum landscapes for Quebec Provence and New England . At Manchester, New Hampshire, I showed Mrs. Jim the house I had lived in during a former life.

I was just going to stop and take a picture but Mrs. Jim thought we should ask permisssion and tell them the background for our request. They were the nicest people and we were real glad we had stopped and asked. Too, they were the people I had never seen who bought it from me, while I was already moved to Texas.

Jenny Woolf said...

Ah... my impossible dream is to have a house designed by FLR. I've visited a few of his buildings and always yearned to live there. A truly great architect.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I love the repeating arches in these ones. I love looking at architecture throughout the ages...

Blessings & Aloha!
(Thank you so much for stopping by! I understand how you feel about missing your dad...I miss my mom very, very much...and my hubby's parents.)

Andy David said...

My dear Karen,
Great, great photos. Great, great houses!! Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Shafer said...

There is one Frank Lloyd Wright house in Utah. The men who restored it were friends of mine, so I got to go to several parties there. They named it "Crystalwood," but the folks who bought it from them ignored the name and the history of the house, so it's gone back to being the "Stromberg" home, or something else boring.
Anyway, it's all triangles. Fun to see, but not at all comfortable.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Great Pix

1 and 5 makes me want to rob a bank so I can live in a place so beautiful.

There are a lot of FLR buildings in FL...I should do some touring.

- Mac

Max Sartin said...

Love the pictures. I started out college as an Architecture major, and have always been intrigued by Frank Lloyd Wright's designs. Fallingwater has always been my favorite. Thanks for the pictures.

storybeader said...

I enjoy FLW's homes - and his other buildings. I live in Oklahoma and went on a tour of Price Tower a few years back. What a strange building! A leaning tower with small rooms. And a bar on top! {:-Deb

Naperville Now said...

have you read Loving Frank? a shock and then some. thanks for the great shots of his brilliant architecture.

Karen S. said...

Naperville Now - Yes, Frank was Frankly quite a character in his private life...and marriages and etc. But as for his work, pretty amazing....and the amount of designs that are still out and about all over...just to be discovered!

Pondside said...

The designs have looked fresh since they day they were executed. I can't imagine what it would be like to live in such an iconic house!

Judie said...

OMG! Frank's architechure makes me weak in the knees!! I visited his house in Oak Park, Ill. many times. What a fabulous post, Karen!!!

JosephAlsarraf said...

Those are cool pictures, I like the way that Frank did the houses. Super cool, thanks for showing us the pictures! : )

Mumsy¸.¤ª“˜¨ said...

I am always amazed with all of his designs.

Fantastic photos!

JJ said...

He is one of my favorites, and I stress his work to my students in my Integrated Arts course. However, I could only hope to present his work as well as you have in this post. Thank you!

darlin said...

This Frank that you've done your research on sure knew how to live. I LOVE the first home, the summer home was it? Sheesh I only wish I could summer in Australia in a home just like that, I'd bring all my family and still have room for second cousins! lol

Have a wonderful weekend Karen, cheers.

anitamombanita said...

As an architect's daughter, I had plenty of exposure to FLW...there's one in Bountiful UT, too...

Karen S. said...

JJ - your students are lucky to have you!

Karen S. said...

Mac- Tell me you've at least been to see a few of FLW in your area! I find his work very cool, and there are a great many other builders who have tried to copy his style around Minnesota and Wisconsin for sure! Amazingly I just discovered that I grew up nine miles away from one of his houses! Never knew it till this week!

VBR said...

Falling Waters is a work of art. Every time I see a photo of it, there is something new to enjoy! FLW's work, his style, taste was gorgeous. (And, he led a very interesting life also!!)

Great F post!

Jenny said...


Can I be Frank?

I love Frank's work.

I've been to quite a few of those showpieces and they always take my breath away.

This was a fantastic link for the letter "F".

Thank you for sharing it.


PS. Hope you and yours have a fabulous Fourth!