Frank Lloyd Wright's Favorite Fireplace and Wisconsin Locations
Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 - April 9, 1959, aged 91) was a world famous architect. Born in Wisconsin and retain by the best in the world for state of the art luxury hotels, international corporate headquarters and fine high end homes. Best known for his "prairie school" architecture. The Prairie School was famous throughout the world but best known in the region that Frank Lloyd Wright worked and lived in Illinois and Wisconsin or Midwestern United States. The Prairie School was the label given for a type of architecture that focused "upon an indigenous North American style of architecture that did not share design elements and aesthetic vocabulary with earlier styles of European classical architecture."
His favorite fireplace is stated to have been this elegant curved fireplace that was a focal point at the Geneva Lake Hotel in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Sadly that structure was built in 1912 and was destroyed by fire in 1970. A 70 room structure designed by Wright to compliment the horizontal lines of the prairie. The hotel was modeled after Wright famous Imperial Hotel in Tokyo Japan and overlooked the beautiful waters of Geneva Lake in the city of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Photos of the Geneva Lake Hotel and the Imperial Hotel in Japan give the reader a better understanding of the magnificence of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural genius that is alive and well even today, over 70 years after his death. The return to nature and the concern for the environment is a philosophy Frank Lloyd Wright first started in architecture. Influenced by his life in rural Wisconsin, Frank Lloyd Wright built houses that start with the interior - the interior would bring nature into the home. Frank Lloyd Wright was a perfectionist not just in architecture but also in décor. Often he would design all of the furnishings. For the Imperial Hotel in Japan which took 6 years to build, he designed the hotel stationery and the china. In keeping with Frank Lloyd Wright's continuity of style, we will explore home décor item such as a Frank Lloyd Wright magazine rack and fireplace screens that exhibit mimic the Prairie School Design.
Notable Works of Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright Residential
- Robie House
- Taliesin Wisconsin, Spring Green, Wisconsin
- Taliesin West - Scottsdale, Arizona
- Fallingwater (aka Kaufmann residence) - rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh 
Delavan Lake Residential
- Wallis-Goodsmith House and boat house. 1897 3409 South Shore Drive (boathouse only)
- George W. Spenser house. 1902 3209 South Shore Drive
- Charles S. Ross house. 1902 3211 South Shore Drive
- Fred B. Jones House. 1902 3335 South Shore Drive
- A.P. Johnson House. 1905  3459 South Shore Drive
Madison Area (Shorewood Hills)
- Unitarian Meeting House 900 University Bay Drive
- John C. Pew Residence 3650 Lake Mendota Drive
Frank Lloyd Wright Commercial Properties
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York City
- Johnson Wax Building - Racine, Wisconsin
- Taliesin Projects Florida Southern College
- Price Tower 1956 - Bartlesville, Oklahoma - only skyscraper by FLW
- Unitarian Meeting House Madison, Wisconsin
Frank Lloyd Wright Hotels
- Imperial Hotel - Tokyo Japan
- Lake Geneva Hotel, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
For a complete list of the Wisconsin properties see the MadisonPublicLibary.com
Taliesin's Romeo and Juliet Windmill
Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin's Locations
Frank Lloyd Wright was born and raised in Wisconsin. FLW was commissioned for several projects, with over 1,000 designs and hundreds of buildings including residential and commercial properties. Yet, only one skyscraper - the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Many of the homes Wright designed and many of the commercial structures remain today as a testament to his creativity and architectural genius. His artistic work from structure to stain glass to furniture design can be seen around the world. And yet, Taliesen was the name he choose for his personal places of residence. Taliesin West was his Arizona home in Scottsdale. He later added an extensive studio in Scottsdale that is open today for tours and has received rave reviews for its 90 minute tour.
The Term Taliesin
Taliesin, the original was his home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The term "Taliesin" refers to Wright's personal residence. The major buildings on the Taliesin® Spring Green estate include: Romeo and Juliet Windmill (1896 - pictured at the right), "Hillside Home School (1901, 1932, 1952), Tan-y-deri House (1907), Midway Farms (1930s and 1940s), as well as the Taliesin® residence itself (1911, 1914, 1925)."
Geneval Lake Hotel Fireplace
Birth place of Frank Lloyd Wright
Location of the Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel
Frank Lloyd Wright's university that he attended.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright Books
During his lifetime, Frank Lloyd Wright authored over 20 books. While many of the books today are written by others, the breadth of written material has provided history with a bountiful collection of quotes that directly attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright. His philosophy on architecture was very independent. His philosophy on life was very radical for the age that he live in and for the location that he lived in. Remember, he lived in the conservative region of the United States. When he was older, he did move to Arizona where he died in 1959 but the majority of his life was spend in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Frank Lloyd Wright Style Magazine Rack
Frank Lloyd Wright Magazine Rack
Frank Lloyd Wright Magazine Rack
Frank Lloyd Wright was a art collector, creator and dealer. One of his ventures which was very profitable was his collection of Japanese art. His focus was upon woodblock prints called "ukiyo-e".
In keeping with his professional philosophy of perfectionism, often Wright would design the home and the interior elements. This magazine rack and the following doormat and fireplace screen are all reminiscent of Wright's love of the refined geometric. Using blocks to build and design and create beauty. Straight lines mimic the horizontal beauty of the flat lands of the Midwestern prairie landscape and yet the intricate designs capture the eyes and inspire the soul.
Frank Lloyd Wright Style Door Mat
Prairie School Style Fireplace Screens
Prairie School Style Fireplace Screens
A distinctly American architecture called Prairie School was originally inspired by Louis Sullivan, a Chicago architect who Frank Lloyd Wright worked for briefly. Other designers who hailed this form of architecture include George Grant Elmslie, William Purcell, Parker Berry, William E. Drummond, and William L. Steele. The most notable of all architects, of course, credited with the Prairie School Style is Frank Lloyd Wright.
The very essence of this type of architecture was the concept to use nature as a guide - to go to nature for "school" and education and all design element. And this is precisely what the Prairie School architects did. While the fireplace screens are not licensed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the screens are a reflection of this type of architecture - celebrating the horizontal plains of the Midwestern landscape and celebrating nature in any form - plant or animal.
Links and References
- REVIEW: Frank Lloyd Wright at the Milwaukee Art Museum - JSOnline
One of the first things visitors will see in a new exhibit about Frank Lloyd Wright at the Milwaukee Art Museum is a rarely seen symbol of his faith in the transformative power of architecture.
- Frank Lloyd Wright Homes for Sale: The 10 Best
10 Amazing Frank Lloyd Wright Homes for Sale Today - For one of the most renowned architects in history, Frank Lloyd Wright's homes are surprisingly within reach, provided you've got the means. Perhaps
- Peter Beers
Book review and photos of the FLOW architecture as well as links to fantastic FLW vacation retreats that you can rent.
- Frank Lloyd Wright in Oklahoma: The Price Tower
The Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma is the realization of a dream for famed architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright. First conceived in the mid-twenties, it would take nearly thirty years before...
- Frank Lloyd Wright-A Man Far Ahead of His Time
Frank Lloyd Wright (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons) If you've followed my recent hubs (Wall Whispers about abandoned buildings and My Architectural Fascination-England), you'll notice that I've been...
- Isthmus Books.com
Vintage photos including Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
- Earth Exchange Frank Lloyd Wright Style Gifts
Earth Exchange proudly offers many beautiful items in the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection. Any Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) Collection items I sell are Licensed AND Brand New. The distributor or manufacturer of these products are licensees of the
Frank Lloyd Wright Tours
Wisconsin Tours - SC Johnson Racine, Wisconsin
Building Address14th and Franklin Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403
Tours Begin at:
SC Johnson - Golden Rondelle Theater
1525 Howe Street
Racine, WI 53403-2236
Taliesin West™ Tours - Scottsdale, Arizona
Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors experience firsthand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.